David Kalākaua Kawānanakoa

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David Kalākaua Kawānanakoa
David Kalakaua Kawananakoa.jpg
BornMarch 10, 1904
Honolulu, Oahu
DiedMay 20, 1953(1953-05-20) (aged 49)
Honolulu, Oahu
SpouseEileen Hutchins
Gertrude Leilani Scott
Arvilla Kinslea
Cecelia Kuliaikanuʻuwaiʻaleʻale Parker-Waipa
FatherDavid Kawānanakoa
MotherAbigail Campbell Kawānanakoa

David Kalākaua Kawānanakoa (March 10, 1904 – May 20, 1953), also known as Prince Koke, was a member of the House of Kawānanakoa and the only son of Prince David Kawānanakoa and Princess Abigail Campbell Kawānanakoa.


He was born on March 10, 1904, at Honolulu, Oahu.[1] He was christened at the St. Augustine's Church on May 22, 1904.[2] His siblings were Abigail Kapiolani Kawānanakoa and Lydia Liliuokalani Kawānanakoa.[3]:166 He was educated abroad due to his father's status as a former prince and politician. He attended Oʻahu College, Fay School, in Southborough, Massachusetts; Taft School, Watertown, Connecticut, and Belmont Military Academy, Belmont, California. Kawānanakoa served in World War II with the US Coast Guard.[4]

Kawānanakoa married three times: in 1929 to Eileen Hutchins, daughter of Rear-Admiral Charles Thomas Hutchins, USN, and Commander of the US Pacific Fleet. He divorced Eileen in 1931 and remarried to Gertrude Leilani (17 October 1904 – 26 January 1978). She was the former wife of Lindsay Anton Faye and George R. Humphrey. He divorced her two years later in 1933.

He entered a common-law marriage with Arvilla Kinslea. On October 24, 1937, after a wild party, Kinslea was found dead and stabbed in the neck with a broken piece of crockery. Four years before, Kawānanakoa had received a suspended sentence for killing a woman due to his reckless driving. He confessed to the murder of Kinslea and was sentenced to several years in prison.[3]:171[5][6][7] Kawānanakoa married a third time, on October 27, 1949, to Cecelia Kuliaikanuʻuwaiʻaleʻale Parker-Waipa (1907–1981), daughter of Stephen Keaolani Parker-Waipa and Helen McCabe Wong and granddaughter of Robert Parker Waipa, a former Royal Guard captain for King Kalākaua.[8][9]

Kawānanakoa died of a heart attack at Honolulu, Oahu, on May 20, 1953, at the age of 49. He was buried there in the Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii at Mauna ʻAla in Nuʻuanu Valley. He was the last royal to be interred at the Royal Mausoleum.[10] He died without children. The Kawānanakoa family survives through the descendants of his sisters Abigail Kapiolani Kawānanakoa and Lydia Liliuokalani Kawānanakoa.[11]


  1. ^ "Born". Evening Bulletin. March 11, 1904.
  2. ^ "The Christening of a Prince". The Hawaiian Star. May 23, 1904.
  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. ^ Christopher Buyers. "The Kamehameha Dynasty Genealogy". Royal Ark. p. 10. Retrieved 2010-03-26.
  5. ^ Time Inc (8 November 1937). LIFE. Time Inc. p. 108. ISSN 0024-3019.
  6. ^ True crime, Dark vomit.
  7. ^ "Hawaiian Scion Held in Slaying". The Spartanburg Herald. October 27, 1937.
  8. ^ Hilleary, Perry Edward; Judd, Henry Pratt (1954). Men and Women of Hawaii, 1954. Honolulu: Honolulu Business Consultants. p. 353. OCLC 15484791.
  9. ^ Newton, Eva Parker (1989). Roots & Branches of Arthur Kapewaokeao Waipa Parker, Sr. & Eva Margaret Vieira. South Pasadena, CA: Delsby Publications. p. 117. ISBN 978-0-910293-48-8. OCLC 20099946.
  10. ^ Catherine Cruz (April 22, 2013). "Abigail Kawananakoa pushes for new crypt at Mauna 'Ala". KITV News. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013.
  11. ^ "Descendant of Island Royalty is Dead at 49". The Spokesman-Review. May 21, 1953.