Abigail Kapiolani Kawānanakoa

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Abigail Kapiʻolani Kawānanakoa
Princess Kapiolani at Prince Kuhio's funeral.jpg
Born March 14, 1903
Honolulu, Oahu
Died April 8, 1961(1961-04-08) (aged 58)
Resting place Oahu Cemetery
Occupation Royalty
Spouse(s) Andrew Anderson Lambert
Harry Montague Field
Children Edward Abnel Keliʻiahonui Kawānanakoa
Virginia Poʻomaikelani Kawānanakoa
Esther Kapiʻolani Kawānanakoa
Parent(s) David Kawānanakoa
Abigail Campbell Kawānanakoa

Abigail Helen Kapiʻolani Kawānanakoa (1903–1961) was a member of the House of Kawānanakoa and the eldest daughter of Prince David Kawānanakoa and Princess Abigail Campbell Kawānanakoa.


She was born in Honolulu, Oahu, on March 14, 1903,[1] and was adopted by her maternal grandmother, Abigail Kuaihelani Campbell Parker, on February 8, 1908. Her name was changed to Kapiʻolani Campbell after her adoption.[2][3]:166 Only a few months after her adoption Kapiʻolani would lose both her father and grandmother. After her grandmother's death, her widower Samuel Parker petitioned to be granted Kapiʻolani's guardianship, but her mother was declared as her guardian instead.[4][5] Her siblings were David Kalākaua Kawānanakoa and Lydia Liliʻuokalani Kawānanakoa.[3]:166

Kapiʻolani married twice: first to Andrew Anderson Lambert (Honolulu, Oahu, March 25, 1900 – Kailua, Honolulu County, Oahu, March 15, 1966) in 1922, whom she divorced, and later to Harry Montague Norman Gooding Field (died Honolulu, Oahu, May 23, 1964), educated at Punahou School, Honolulu, Oahu, and Oregon State University at Corvallis, Oregon, President of the Hawaiian Civic Club from 1952 to 1953 and Senator of the Hawaii State Senate between 1963 and 1964. She had three children by her first husband: Edward A. Kawānanakoa, Virginia Poʻomaikelani Kawānanakoa (1926–98), and Esther Kapiʻolani Kawānanakoa Marignoli (born 1928).[6][7]

Among other things, from 1945 she was the Regent of the Hale o na Alii o Hawaii (House of Chiefs of Hawaii).[8]

On the subject of the restoration of the Hawaiian monarchy, she is quoted to have said: "If American wanted do something to restore the monarchy that would be all right. But no Hawaiians would do anything to hurt America. We love America too much." She died on Maui of a stroke, in April 8, 1961.[9]

There were plans to bury her at a new burial plot at the Royal Mausoleum, but her widower Harry Field felt uncomfortable about the prospect of being buried at the Royal Mausoleum. Instead he had her buried in the Oahu Cemetery on the Kawānanakoa family plot.[10]

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  1. ^ "Born". Evening Bulletin. March 16, 1903. 
  2. ^ "Mrs. Parker Adopts Prince David's Child". Evening Bulletin. February 8, 1908. 
  3. ^ a b Hawkins, Richard A. (2003). "Princess Abigail Kawananakoa: the Forgotten Territorial Native Hawaiian Leader". Hawaiian Journal of History. Honolulu: Hawaii Historical Society. 37: 163–177. hdl:10524/354. 
  4. ^ "Guardians for the Campbell Minors". The Hawaiian Gazette. November 17, 1908. 
  5. ^ "Guardians of Campbell Children". Evening Bulletin. December 3, 1908. 
  6. ^ Kapiikauinamoku (1955). "Family of Prince David Kawananakoa Is Listed". in The Story of Hawaiian Royalty. The Honolulu Advertiser, Ulukau, the Hawaiian Electronic Library. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  7. ^ Christopher Buyers. "The Kawananakoa Dynasty Genealogy". Royal Ark. Retrieved November 18, 2010. 
  8. ^ Hawaii. Legislature. House (1921). Journal. p. 83. 
  9. ^ "Hawaiians Mourn the Death of Revered Princess". The Spokesman-Review. April 13, 1961. 
  10. ^ Zoellick, Sarah (June 9, 2013). "Sacred Grounds". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Honolulu. Retrieved June 25, 2014.