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Ke?ua Nui
Diedc. 1750s-1760s
Piopio, Hilo
SpouseKahikikala
Kalanilehua
Kekuʻiapoiwa II
Kamakaeheikuli
Kalola
Manono I
Akahi-a-Kawalu
IssueKalokuokamaile
Kamehameha I
Keliʻimaikaʻi
Kala?imamahu
Kawelo?okalani
Kekuiapoiwa Liliha
Ki?ilaweau
Kaleiwohi
Ha?aheo Kaniu
Full name
Ke?ua Kalanikupuapaʻ?kalaninui Ahilapalapa
HouseHouse of Ke?ua Nui
FatherKeeaumoku Nui
MotherKamakaimoku

Ke?ua Kalanikupuapaʻ?kalaninui Ahilapalapa, sometimes called Ke?ua Nui ("Ke?ua the Great") (died c. 1750s–1760s) was an Ancient Hawaiian noble and the father of Kamehameha I, the first King of united Hawaiʻi. He was progenitor of the House of Ke?ua Nui. His first name Keoua, or Ke-ao-ua means "the rain cloud" and was given to him by his subjects because of his generosity.[1]

Life

Ke?ua Nui's father was Chief Keeaumoku Nui, the second son of Keawekekahiali?iokamoku, King of Hawaiʻi island, and his second wife, Princess Kalanikauleleiaiwi. His mother, Chiefess Kamakaʻimoku, was from the noble family of ʻI of Hilo. Ke?ua was a half-brother of King Kalaniʻ?puʻu of the island of Hawaiʻi through his mother who also married Kalaninuiamamao, Kalaniʻ?puʻu's father.

Ke?ua Nui was raised as royalty due to his royal birth. His father was a Pi?o chief which was considered among the highest rank in Hawaiʻian society. Through his mother and father he was descended from Kings ʻUmi-a-Liloa and Liloa and related to chiefs of Maui, Oahu, and Kauai. He was chief of the Kohala district and Kona district of the island. He was a non-ruling chief; the ruling chief of Kona and Kohala was his brother Kalaniʻ?puʻu.

During his youth he spent his time at the royal court on Maui.

His wives were:

  • Kahikikala – mother of Kalokuokamaile
  • Kalanilehua
  • Kekuiapoiwa II – mother of Kamehameha I and Keli?imaika?i
  • Kamakaeheikuli – mother of Kala?imamahu and Kawelo?okalani
  • Manono I – mother of Ki?ilaweau
  • Kalola – mother of Kekuiapoiwa Liliha
  • Akahiakapuakuleana – mother of Kaleiwohi and Ha?aheo Kaniu

His bones were deposited in the cliffs above Kealakekua Bay, which to this day are still called pali kapu o Ke?ua, "the forbidden cliffs of Ke?ua". His remaining descendants are generally considered those of his eldest son Kalokuokamaile.

In 1920, High Chiefess Elizabeth Keka?aniau La?anui Pratt wrote a book, Keoua Nui: Father of Kings, as a tribute to her great-great grandfather. It was republished in 1999 by his descendant, David Castro.[2] The first use of the name "House of Ke?ua Nui" dates to a press release by descendant Owana Salazar.[3]

Ancestry

References

  1. ^ Houston 1931, p. 129.
  2. ^ "Pratt"
  3. ^ Dan Boylan (August 7, 1998). "Battle Royal". Midweek. Retrieved 2010.

Bibliography

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