Chiefess Kamaka'imoku

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Kamaka'imoku, Chiefess

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Birthplace: Wai'anae, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
Death: Died in North Kohala, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, u.S.a
Place of Burial: North Kohala, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, u.S.a
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Daughter of Kū-a-Nuʻuana . and Umiulaika'ahumanu Umiulaakaahuumanu
Wife of Keeaumoku Papaiahiahi, High Chief of Hawaii; (King of Hawaii) ALAPAINUI; Peleioholani, King of Oahu; ku' kaeleku and Chief Kalaninui'iamamao, House of Keawe
Mother of Kupuapaikalaninui "Keoua"; MANONONUI; Kaleiopu'u; Haloa Kamakaimoku; Haae Kamakaimoku and 6 others
Sister of Naili .

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About Chiefess Kamaka'imoku

Mother of Kalaniopu'u and paternal grandmother of King Kamehameha I. -------------------- Kamakaʻimoku was a chiefess in ancient Hawaii in the early 18th century. She married three powerful men of the time, was mother of the King who would unite the island of Hawaiʻi and meet the first known visitors from Europe, and grandmother of the founder of the Kingdom that united all of the Hawaiian islands.

The mother of Kamakaʻimoku was the High Chiefess Umiula-a-kaʻahumanu, a daughter of Chief Mahiolole of the Kohala district, and Chiefess Kanekukaailani, who was a daughter of ʻI of the Hilo district and Akahikameenoa; consequently she was a cousin to Chief Alapaʻi Nui, and a chiefess of the highest rank.

Her father was Chief Ku-a-Nuʻuanau, of Oʻahu island, son of High Chief Nuʻuanu, third son of ʻI of Hilo and Akahikameenoa. She was related to King ʻUmi of Hawaiʻi island royalty from several islands. She was raised on Oʻahu, while her mother went back to Hawaiʻi island and married Kapahi-a-Ahu-Kane (Kapai-a-Ahu), the son of Ahu-a-I.Both her grandmother Kanekukaailani, her grandfather Nuʻuanu, and her stepfather Kapai-a-Ahu were children of High Chief ʻI of Hilo.

Kamakaimoku's name translates as the "Eye of Islands". When grown up, Kamakaʻimoku was seen by Kalaninuiamamao on his visit to Oʻahu, and sent for to be his wife. Living with him at the court of his father Keaweikekahialiʻiokamoku, she had his son, Kalaniʻōpuʻu, who afterwards became the ruler of most of Hawaiʻi island. Kalaniʻōpuʻuʻu would also be the king of the island when Captain James Cook arrived and was killed in 1779.

This union was short, for within a year or two she left Kalaninuiamamao and married his brother Keeaumoku Nui. They had a son called Chief Keōua Nui, the father of Kamehameha I. How long she remained with Kalani Keʻeaumoku Nui is not known, but she is next known as the wife of Alapaʻi Nui, her cousin. With him she had a daughter, Manono I, grandmother of Keaoua Kekuaokalani who, at the abolition of the kapu system in 1819, took up arms in defence of the Hawaiian religion in the Battle of Kuamoʻo.

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. ISBN 978-1-56647-147-3. -------------------- Kamakaimoku

Kamakaʻimoku was an Hawaiian chiefess. She was descended from the wide-spread and powerful family of 'I of Hilo. She became wife of three of the most powerful and influencial men of the Big Island of Hawaii in her days. She was the mother of the two princes, Keoua Kalanikupuapaikalaninui and Kalaniopuu. Her life may serve to illustrate the freedom of manners and the liberty of selecting their husband accorded to chiefesses of high rank during the ancient regime and the falsness of the description of the role of women in Hawaiian society by early historians. Hawaii's tolerance toward divorces was unheard of anywhere at the time.

Kamakaimoku was born to the High Chiefess Umiula-a-kaahumanu, a daughter of Mahiolole, the frequently referred to Kohala chief, and Kanekukaailani, who was a daughter of ʻI of Hilo and Akahikameenoa; consequently, according to the Hawaii peerage, she was a cousin to Alapainui, and a chiefess the highest rank. Her father was Ku-a-Nu'uanau, an Oahu chief, son of High Chief Nu'uanu, third son of 'I of Hilo and Akihikameeonoa (Akahikameenoa). In her blood flowed the bloods of the Alii of Hilo, Oahu, Kohala, and the blood of Umi of the Big Island of Hawaii. In her childhood she was brought up by her father on Oahu, her mother having gone back to Hawaii and espoused Kapahi-a-Ahu-Kane (Kapai-a-Ahu), the son of Ahu-a-I, and a younger brother of Lonomaaikanaka, the wife of Keaweikekahiali'iokamoku. With Kuanuuanu (Ku-a-Nuuanu), Umiulaakaahumanu had another child, a son named Naili, who remained on Oahu and succeed his father as chief over Waianae. With Kapahi-a-Ahukane her mother, Umiulaakaahumanu , had a son named Heulu, who was the father of Keaweaheulu, on Kamehameha's counsellor chiefs, from whom the Kalakaua Dynasty descends in the fourth degree. Both her grandmother Kanekukaailani, her grandfather Nu'uanu of Oahu, and her step father Kapai-a-Ahu were children of King ʻI of Hilo.

Kamakaimoku's name translates as the "Eye of Islands". When grown up, Kamakaimoku was seen by Kalaninuiamamao on his vist to Oahu, and sent for to be his wife. Living with him at the court of his father Keawe, she bore him a son, Kalaniopuu, who afterwards become the ruler of most of Hawaii. This union was not of long duration, for within a year or two she left Kalaninuiamamao and became the wife of his brother Kalanikeeaumoku, and to him she bore another son Kalanikupuapailkalaninui Keoua, called Keoua for short and the father of Kamehameha and Kalokuokamaile. How long she remained with Kalanikeeaumoku is not know positively, but she is next referred to as teh wife of Alapainui, her cousin, with who, she had a daughter, Manona, grandmother of the celebrated Kekuaokalani who, at the abolition of kapu in 1819, after Kamehameha's death, took up arms in defence of the old god of Hawaii. [1]

Reference

^ An Account of the Polynesian Race: Its Origins and Migrations, By Abraham Fornander, John F. G. Stokes. Page 134-136

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Chiefess Kamaka'imoku's Timeline

1711
1711
Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
1711
North Kohala, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii USA
1715
1715
Age 4
South Kona, Kau, Island Of Hawaii, Hawaii, u.S.a
1738
1738
Age 27
1741
1741
Age 30
1742
1742
Age 31
Wai'ohukini, Kau, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, USA
1747
1747
Age 36
1750
1750
Age 39
1753
1753
Age 42
1812
1812
Age 101
North Kohala, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, u.S.a