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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.
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.
His wives were:
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. The first use of the name "House of Ke?ua Nui" dates to a press release by descendant Owana Salazar.
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