FEBRUARY 19, 1868


Born in Honolulu on the homestead of his aunt, Queen Kapiʻolani, David’s name meant “Fearless Prophecy.”  He was the first child of High Chief David Kahalepouli Piʻikoi from Kauaʻi and Victoria Kūhiō Kinoiki Kekaulike–sister of Queen Kapiʻolani (consort to King Kalākaua) and later royal governor of the island of Hawaiʻi.  David became Prince in 1883 and declared the 3rd heir (after princesses Liliʻuokalani and Kaʻiulani) to the throne.  In 1885, while at a private military school in San Mateo, California, David and his brothers demonstrated the Hawaiian sport of board surfing.  A member of Queen Liliʻuokalani’s Privy Council. he became a supporter of the Royalist resistance after the Hawaiian Kingdom was overthrown in 1893.  Kawānanakoa was arrested for treason after the failed 1895 Counter-Revolution, but ultimately released.  Subsequently, Kawānanakoa became a founder of the Democratic Party of Hawaii.  He died of pneumonia on June 2, 1908 in San Francisco.

Source:  "Death of Prince David Kawananakoa Yesterday: was Heir Presumptive of the Throne of Hawaii," The Hawaiian Gazette. June 5, 1908.  Retrieved 12/21/2019, https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83025121/1908-06-05/ed-1/seq-2/
Photo:  James J. Williams (1853–1926) photography studio, 1890s, from an earlier photo.  Public Domain.

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