APRIL 12, 1945

HAWAIIAN PRINCESS-POLITICIAN ABIGAIL WAHIʻIKAʻAHUʻULA CAMPBELL KAWĀNANAKOA DIED

Born January 1, 1882, in Honolulu, her father, James Campbell, was a wealthy industrialist; her mother, Abigail Kuaihelani Maipinepine Bright, was part-Hawaiian.  On January 6, 1902, by virtue of her marriage to Prince David Laʻamea Kahalepouli Kawānanakoa Piʻikoi, she became known as Princess.  Prince David, who became one of the heirs to the throne of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi upon the death of Princess Victoria Kaʻiulani, died of pneumonia in 1908.  Upon the death of her brother-in-law, Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole in 1922, Princess Abigail effectively became the leader of all native Hawaiians and took an active part in Hawaiʻi’s politics as their advocate.  She also assumed the role of heir to the throne.  Politically, she was a Republican.  In 1924, she became the Republican national committeewoman for Hawai’i and served in that capacity for twelve years. Her prominence on the national stage made Princess Abigail a role model for women in Hawai’i.  She died at her Honolulu home. 

Source:  Richard A. Hawkins (2003). "Princess Abigail Kawananakoa: The Forgotten Territorial Native Hawaiian Leader," Hawaiian Journal of History, Vol. 37, pp. 163–177, (2003).  Retrieved 6/30/2019, https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/5014622.pdf
Photo:   J. J. Williams (1853-1926), date unknown.  Public Domain.

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