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High Chiefess of Maui
Born Ca. 1503
Spouse Kakaʻe
Issue Kahekili I
Father King Kahokuohua
Mother Hiʻikawaiula
Religion Hawaiian religion

Kapohauola was a High Chiefess in ancient Hawaii, Chiefess of Hawaiʻi island and Queen consort of Maui.[1] She is mentioned in ancient legends and was also called Kualua.

Samuel Kamakau mentioned her in his book Tales and Traditions of the People of Old.[2]


Kapohauola was a sister of Princess Kapohanaupuni of Hilo.[3] This means that her parents were King Kahokuohua and his wife Hiʻikawaiula.

She was born around 1503.[4]

She married her nephew Kakaʻe, King of Maui. Their son was famous King Kahekili I, who is also known as "Kahekili the Great". He impoverished his Kingdom and people by many war campaigns.[5]

Kapohauola was a grandmother of beautiful Princess Keleanohoanaapiapi who is the main character of one ancient chant,[6] and Kawaokaohele, who was the King of Maui.[7]

She also married High Chief ʻEhu, son of the King Kuaiwa. She bore a son named ʻEhunuikaimalino, who was a Chief of Kona during the reign of Liloa. He married Keana and Opaʻekalani and had a child called Paula (likely son).[8]

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  1. ^ Bernice P. Bishop Museum special publication, Issue 51.
  2. ^ Samuel Kamakau, Tales and Traditions of the People of Old: Na Mo'Olelo a Ka Po'E Kahiko
  3. ^ The Stories & Genealogies of Maui
  4. ^ Kahokuohua's parents and wife
  5. ^ Hawaiian Genealogies: Extracted from Hawaiian Language Newspapers, Volume 2 by Edith Kawelohea McKinzie
  6. ^ The American Antiquarian and Oriental Journal by Stephen Denison
  7. ^ Abraham Fornander, An Account of the Polynesian Race: Its Origin and Migrations, Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1969
  8. ^ Family of Paula