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King of Hawaiʻi
Consorts Hualani
Issue Kanaloa
Kalahumoku I
Kalapana of Hawaiʻi?
Father Kaniuhu, Chief of Hawaiʻi
Mother High Chiefess Hiliamakani

Kanipahu was an ancient Hawaiian chief who ruled as the Alii Aimoku of Hawaiʻi 1215–1245. He was of the Pili line of Hawaiian chiefs.

Kanipahu was a son of Kaniuhu and Hiliamakani.[citation needed]

After Kanipahu lived on Molokaʻi and it was discovered that he was a chief, he was taken (as husband) by Hualani, the ruling chiefess of Molokai.[1] One of the neverforgotten fact of Kanipahu's descendants was this marriage. Hualani was the great-granddaughter of Nuakea, who was the granddaughter of Maweke. Beside Hualani, of Molakaʻi and Oʻahu descent above mentioned, he also married Alaikauakoko, who at on time, whether previously or subsequently cannot now be ascertained, was the wife of Lakona of Oahu. With one of them he fathered two sons: Kanaloa, father of Kalapana of Hawaiʻi, and Kalahumoku I, ancestor of Akahiʻakuleʻana.[citation needed]

David Malo said Alaʻikauakoko was the mother of Kalapana, making Kalapana Kanipahu's son instead of grandson. Malo skips this generation, showing Kalapana as the son of Kanipahu.[2]


  1. ^ Catherine C. Summers, "Molokai: A Site Survey," Pacific Anthropological Records, No. 14, (Honolulu, HI: Department of Anthropology, Bernice P. Bishop Museum, 1971).
  2. ^ David Malo, Hawaiian Antiquities, Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1951.
  • Abraham Fornander, An Account of the Polynesian Race: Its Origin and Migrations, Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1969

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Preceded by
Aliʻi Aimoku of Hawai‘i
1215 - 1245
Succeeded by
Kalapana of Hawaiʻi