|Birth: ||May 15, 1856|
|Death: ||Jun. 6, 1937|
Robert Parker Waipa was born in Niulii, Kohala on May 15,
1856. His mother was Mary Ann Kaulalani Parker, the only daughter born to John and Kipikane Parker. His father was Chief Kame'eiamoku Waipa of Kohala. His paternal grandfather was High Chief Waipa Nui, a second cousin to Kamehameha I. Waipa Nui served his Alii-Nui (ruler) as a Pukaua Nui (general) as the supply general, responsible for building all the war canoes and supplying the foods and dry goods for the army. Waipa Nui's mother was Kaleipule the sister of the royal twins Kame'eiamoku and Kamanawa. These High Chiefs were Kamehameha's uncles and two of the five advisers on his Aha Ula (sacred inner council). The are the two chiefs seen on the Hawaiian Royal Coat of Arms holding the kahili (feather standard) and the spear.
Robert was brought up on Parker Ranch with his siblings. In 1876, Crown Prince William Pitt Leleiohoku, (the designated heir apparent to his older brother King David Kalakaua,) visited Parker Ranch. Robert was his companion and guide while he visited. Only two years apart in age they got along well. One day while they were hunting wild dogs on the slopes of Maunakea (the dogs were ravaging the cattle), Robert rode at full gallop alongside a wild pack of dogs and shot several as he hung under his horse. The Prince was impressed at Robert's superior riding and marksmanship abilities. The Prince decided he wanted Robert to return with him to Honolulu and become his Compte de Aid (closest assistant). Leleiohoku begged Robert's mother Mary Ann to allow him to do so. He stayed two more weeks till Mary Ann reluctantly consented.
Since Prince Leleiohoku was the hanai (adopted) son of Prince Ruth Ke'elekulani, the two young men stayed at her home. The following year the Prince went to San Mateo College in California to further his education, tragically he took ill there and died. Ruth had an attachment to young Robert and he was sent to the Jesuit Catholic Seminary located in Ahuimanu, Kaneohe (later to be St. Louis School) After school Robert served King Kalakaua in the Palace Household Guard. He got his first commission from the King as a 2nd Lt. on April 1, 1885. He rose in rank rapidly going from Lt. to Capt. then to Adjutant in 3 yrs. He played an important role in saving the Palace in the Wilcox insurrection of 1889 and was rewarded by the King & the Queen with two medals. In 1891, King Kalakaua died from illness in San Francisco. When Liliuokalani ascended the throne, she brought in her own Palace Guard & Robert was dismissed. He served the kingdom as Capt. in the Honolulu Police Dept. After the overthrow of the Monarchy in 1893, Robert continued his service with the police department.
*Quotes taken from grandson David K. Parker
Sarah Waialeale Kekoa Parker Spencer Waipa (1861 - 1910)
Palmer Waipa Parker (1897 - 1974)*
Wilder Moaewa Waipa Parker (1899 - 1937)*
Created by: Leilani Oliver Chung
Record added: Jan 19, 2012
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