OCTOBER 2, 1895


Born at Piʻihonua, Hilo, on Hawaiʻi Island on April 7, 1839, she was the daughter of a princess from Kauaʻi & the High Chief of Hilo, and granddaughter of Kaumualiʻi, last king of the island of Kauaʻi before it came under the unified Hawaiian Islands ruled by Kamehameha I.  She was also stepdaughter of Queen Regent Kaʻahumanu and younger sister of Queen Kapiʻolani, wife of King Kalākaua.  In 1855, she married Hiram Kahanawai, a steward of Queen Emma.  Poʻomaikelani and her husband served as servants in Emma’s household.  One of Emma’s trusted ladies-in-waiting for many years, she left to join her brother-in-law’s court.  She became a princess when Kalākaua became king in 1874.  Kalākaua appointed her Governor of Hawaiʻi island (1884), President of the Board of Health (1887), Guardian of the Royal Tombs at the Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii (1888), and President of the Board of Genealogy of Hawaiian Chiefs.  Princess Po’omaikelani died at Kalihi Valley, Oahu.

Source:  “Virginia Kapoʻoloku Poʻomaikelani – The Queen’s Sister,” History of Royal Women, 3/3/2020.  Retrieved 7/20/2020, https://www.historyofroyalwomen.com/virginia-kapo%CA%BBoloku-po%CA%BBomaikelani/virginia-kapo%CA%BBoloku-po%CA%BBomaikelani-the-queens-sister/
Photo:  A. A. Montano (1847-1913), 1880s.  Public Domain.  Source: Hawaiian Journal of History page 125 of volume 30, 1996, article Queen Kapi'olani's Lei Chants by Amy Ku'uleialoha Stillman.

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