Manaiula Tehuiarii

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Manai‘ula Tehuiari‘i Sumner
Manai‘ula Tehuiari‘i Sumner
Portrait of Manai‘ula by John Mix Stanley.
Spouse William Keolaloa Kahanui Sumner
Issue Nancy Wahinekapu Sumner Ellis
Full name
Manai‘ula Tehuiari‘i Sumner
Father Tute Tehuiari‘i
Born Tahiti
Died Hawaii

Manai‘ula Tehuiari‘i Sumner (fl. 1848) was a princess from the Kingdom of Tahiti who settled in the Kingdom of Hawaii. Her name has also been given as Mareilila, Malaiula, Mareiula, or Mareira.[1][2] Her name is synonymous with a species of banana, mai`a mānai`ula.[3]

Manai‘ula Tehuiari‘i was born to Tute Tehuiari‘i, a chief from either Tahiti, or Moorea or Bora Bora. Her father was the adoptive son of King Pōmare I of Tahiti, who named him Tute in honor of Captain Cook (Tapena Tute in Polynesian). In 1826, he brought his entire family over to Hawaii, where he served as missionary and royal chaplain to Kamehameha III and Kamehameha IV.[4][5]

It was during this time that Manai‘ula met and married High Chief William Keolaloa Kahanui Sumner, the son of Captain William Sumner and the High Chiefess Keakuaaihue. They had their only daughter Nancy Wahinekapu Sumner in March 9, 1839.[6][7][8]

Another dubious version of her life tells that she arrived in 1849, chaperoned by her elder sister Mauli, along with her cousin Ninito Tera‘iapo, as the guests Admiral De Tromelin.[9][10] Ninito was betrothed to Prince Moses Kekūāiwa and Manai‘ula to Prince Lot Kapuāiwa, but the first prince died before their arrival and the second prince departed to Europe with his other brother.[2][9] They were asked to wait for his return but not long after, both Ninito and Manai‘ula were wooed by the Sumner brothers, John Kapilikea Sumner and William Keolaloa Kahanui Sumner, respectively.[11] This is chronologically impossible as Manai‘ula was already in Hawaii and married in 1849.

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  1. ^ Our Family History and Ancestry. "Mareilila". Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  2. ^ a b Helena G. Allen (1982). The Betrayal of Liliuokalani, last Queen of Hawaii, 1838-1917. A. H. Clark Co. p. 432. ISBN 0-87062-144-0. 
  3. ^ Hawaii Agricultural Experiment Station (1901). Bulletin - University of Hawaii, Agricultural Experiment Station. Agricultural Experiment Station. p. 50. 
  4. ^ John Garrett (1982). To live among the stars: Christian origins in Oceania. Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Fiji. p. 269. ISBN 2-8254-0692-9. 
  5. ^ Vanessa Smith (2010). Intimate Strangers: Friendship, Exchange and Pacific Encounters. Cambridge University Press. p. 64. ISBN 0-521-72878-9. 
  6. ^ John Renken Kahaʻi Topolinski. "Mele Pua Panese". Kaleinamanu Library Archives, Kamehameha Schools. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  7. ^ John Renken Kaha'i Topolinski (1981). "Nancy Sumner, Hawaiian Courtlady". Hawaiian Journal of History (Hawaiian Historical Society) 15: 50–58. hdl:10524/285. 
  8. ^ John Renken Kahaʻi Topolinski. "Nancy Sumner: a Part-Hawaiian High Chiefess, 1839-1895." M.A. thesis (Pacific Islands Studies), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 1975. xvi, 158 leaves.
  9. ^ a b Taylor, A. P. (1929). "Niniko, "Garden of Rest"". In Ford, Alexander Hume. The Mid-Pacific Magazine, Volume 37. T.H., A.H. Ford; Pan-Pacific Union, Pan-Pacific Research Institution. pp. 433–440. 
  10. ^ Dorothy Barrere (1989). "Tahitian in the History of Hawai'i: the Journal of Kahikona". Hawaiian Journal of History (Hawaiian Historical Society) 23: 75–107. hdl:10524/426. 
  11. ^ Mabel Clare Craft Deering (1899). Hawaii Nei. W. Doxey. pp. 101–108.