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Lady of the Big Island
Father Laʻau
Mother Kukamolimolialoha
Consort Pilikaaiea (brother)
For the goddess, please see Hina (goddess).

Hina-au-kekele (also known as Hina-ʻau-aku, Hinauapu, or simply Hina) was a Hawaiian noble lady and the Chiefess of the Island of Hawaiʻi (Big Island). She was the sister-wife of the High Chief Pilikaaiea[1] of Hawaiʻi, and they were the founders of the dynasty named Pili line (Hawaiian: Hale o Pili).


Hina was born on Tahiti as the daughter of Hawaiian nobleman Laʻau and his sister-wife, the noble lady called Kukamolimaulialoha (Kukamolimolialoha). It is unknown why her father and mother went to Tahiti. Hina's grandfather was the High Chief Lanakawai of Hawaiʻi (a descendant of Ulu).[2] Hina was named after the goddess Hina.

The brother of Hina was Pilikaaiea, who is often simply known as Pili. They were married,[3] and their sexual union was considered sacred, according to the Hawaiian customs and laws. Their children were:

  • Koa (Ko) — a son
  • Hinaʻauamai[4] — a daughter (also named after Hina) and the wife of her brother

Hina and Pilikaaiea came to Hawaii together with the wizard Paʻao,[5] and Pilikaaiea became a successor of Kapawa. Pilikaaiea and Hina were the ancestors of Pilikaaieaʻs successor, Chief Kukohou (died 1185).

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  1. ^ Reginald Yzendoorn (1927). History of the Catholic Mission in the Hawaiian Islands. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. "The number of people embarking on the canoes was 38: two cooks; the chief Pill and Hinaaukekele his wife, also known as Hinaauaku..."
  2. ^ The family tree of Pili. "The story that Pili is a foreign chief from Tahiti is at odds with the genealogies (three sources in agreement) which say he is the grandson of Lanakawai, a Ruling Chief of Hawaii Island. If he were brought from Tahiti, he was returning or his father Laau was in Tahiti for some reason, where he may have been born."
  3. ^ Peleioholani, Solomon Lehuanui Kalaniomaiheuila (1906). Genealogy of the Robinson family, and ancient legends and chants of Hawaii. Translated into English by J.M. Poepoe.
  4. ^ Family of the lady Hinaauamai. "She married Koa (Ko)."
  5. ^ Thomas George Thrum (1917). Thrum's Hawaiian annual. Bernice P. Bishop Museum special publication. "...Hina-au-kekele, his wife, and Hina-au-aku and Namauu-o-malaia, the sister of Paao. Paao was the priest and director, and he annointed himself for this voyage of discovery."