|Death: ||Jan. 3, 1840|
Hawaiian Chief. Ulumaheihei was one of the most respected of the king's advisors, and ultimately, the man who disposed of Kamehameha's bones. Kamehameha wanted to ensure that, like the bones of other great chiefs, his remains would be laid where they could never be found and desecrated. He did not want to suffer the same fate as his father, Keoua, whose final resting place was well known - the sacred cliff at Ka'awaloa. Thereafter, Ulumaheihei was called Hoapili in recognition of Kamehameha's high regard for him. Hoapili was the son of Kame'eiamoku, one of the twin "uncles" of Kamehameha who had fought faithfully at his side. On the death of Kame'eiamoku, Kamehameha had granted his son the same position of trust. According to the native historian Kamakau, Hoapili was the only chief to whom Kamehameha would defer without question. And when Kamehameha's sons Liholiho and Kauikeaouli later came into power, Hoapili continued to hold the same authority. He was known for his athletic ability, stamina in battle, courage and intelligence. Once, he and a companion encountered a wild bull below Puowaina (today called Punchbowl). He grabbed the charging animal by the horns, flipped him onto the ground and killed him. Hoapili was popular among the chiefesses because of his fair, clear complexion, dark eyes, regular features and tall, well-developed physique. He was also trained in the priesthood of Nahulu, skilled in oratory, and knowledgeable about ancient lore, genealogy, the history of chiefs, politics and astronomy. Kamehameha also demonstrated his confidence in Hoapili by entrusting him with the care of his most sacred wife, Keopuolani. After Kamehameha's death, Hoapili and Keopuolani were married and lived in the household of Kamehameha's son, Liholiho (who reigned as Kamehameha II). The couple converted to Christianity, learned to read and write, and encouraged the establishment of schools to teach chiefs and commoners alike. They supported the missionary effort by designating lands for churches, and constructed a stone church at Waine'e in Lahaina. Sadly, in 1823, Keopuolani died, and was laid to rest in the Waine'e (Now Waiola) church's cemetery. Hoapili married another of Kamehameha's widows, Kaheiheimalie. In deference to the Christian way, Kaheiheimalie assumed her husband's name, becoming Hoapiliwahine. Together, they raised Lot Kapuaiwa, grandson of Hoapiliwahine and Kamehameha, who would later become Kamehameha V. Hoapili also provided for Kekauonohi, a granddaughter of Kamehameha, as well as his own daughter, Liliha, who would become governess of O'ahu upon her husband Boki's disappearance at sea. At his death in 1840, Hoapili was buried according to his wishes at the church at Waine'e. His grave is there today, among members of the Kamehameha line whom he had served in life - Keopuolani, Kaheiheimalie, Kekauonohi and Liliha, remaining at their sides even in death. (bio by: Mongoose)
Waiola Church Cemetery
Plot: Royal Tomb, enclosed in iron bars. Visible from street and cemetery entrance.
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Originally Created by: Mongoose
Record added: Nov 29, 2003
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