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Keakealani Wahine
Aliʻi Aimoku of Hawaiʻi
Reign 1665 – 1695
Predecessor Keaka-mahana
Successor Keaweʻīkekahialiʻiokamoku
Born c. 1640
Died c. 1695
Spouse Kanaloaikaiwilewa
Issue Keaweʻīkekahialiʻiokamoku
Father Chief Iwikau-i-kaua of Oʻahu
Mother Queen Keakamahana of Hawaiʻi

Keakealaniwahine was a High Chiefess and ruler Aliʻi Nui of Hawaiʻi island.


Her mother was Queen Keakamahana, Aliʻi Aimoku of Hawaiʻi. Her father (and mother's cousin) was Chief Iwikau-i-kaua of Oʻahu. She became ruler of the island on the death of her mother.[1] She and her mother are association with the massive royal complex built at Holualoa Bay on the west side of the island.[2]

Her reign was a troubled one. The house of ʻI had controlled the Hilo district since the days of their ancestor Prince Kumalae, the son of Umi-a-Liloa, had grown to such wealth and strength, and importance, as to be practically independent of even the very loose bonds with which the ruling district chiefs were held to their feudal obligations. The representative of this house of the district chief of Hilo at this time was Kuahuia, the son of Kua-ana-a-I, and grandson of ʻI. What led to the war, or what were its incidents, has not been preserved in the oral records, but it is frequently alluded to as a long and bitter strife between Kuahwia and Keakealaniwahine; and though tradition is equally silent as to its conclusion, it may be inferred that the royal authority was unable to subdue its powerful vassal. Mahiolole, the powerful district chief of Kohala was the chief counselor and supporter of Keakealani. [1]

She was married two or three times, first to her cousin, Chief Kanaloaikaiwilewa, or as he is called in some genealogies, Chief Kanaloa-i-Kaiwilena Kapulehu, son of Chief ʻUmi-nui-kukailani, by his wife, Chiefess Kalani-o-Umi, daughter of Kaikilani, 17th Aliʻi Aimoku of Hawaii. She married second her half-brother, Chief Kane-i-Kauaiwilani, son of her father, Chief Iwikauikaua, of Oahu, by his second wife, Kauakahi Kuaʻanaʻau-a-kane. She might have also married Kapaʻakauikealakea.[3]

She had a son Keaweʻīkekahialiʻiokamoku by Kanaloa-i-Kaiwilena Kapulehu, who would succeed her as the 21st king of Hawaii. She died about 1695, having had two sons and two daughters. One of them was Queen Kalanikauleleiaiwi.

She was the great-great-grandmother of Kamehameha I through five different relationships.


  1. ^ a b Abraham Fornander (1996) [1880]. An Account of the Polynesian Race: Its Origin and Migrations, and the ancient history of the Hawaiian people to the times of Kamehameha I. Volume II. Trubner & company, republished by Mutual Publishing. p. 129. ISBN 978-1-56647-147-3. 
  2. ^ Martha Yent (February 15, 2003). "Hōlualoa 4 Archaeological District nomination form for site 05000542" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
  3. ^ Christopher Buyers. "The Kamehameha Dynasty Genealogy (Page 2)". Royal Ark web site. Retrieved 2009-12-28. 
Preceded by
Aliʻi Aimoku of Hawaiʻi island
1665 - 1695
Succeeded by