Keopuolani

Keopuolani

Birth
Wailuku, Maui County, Hawaii, USA
Death 16 Sep 1823 (aged 44–45)
Lahaina, Maui County, Hawaii, USA
Burial Lahaina, Maui County, Hawaii, USA
Plot In the Royal Tomb, enclosed in iron bars. Clearly visible from the street.
Memorial ID 8122190 · View Source
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Hawaiian Royalty. Keupolani ("Gathering of the Clouds of Heaven") was Kamehameha's most sacred wife, mother of Kamehameha II, Kamehameha III, and Princess Nahienaena. She was descended from the high kings of Maui and was one of the most sacred, high-ranking women in the islands - Greater in power than Kamehameha himself. Merely touching her shadow was grounds for death, in the case of a commoner. Fortunately, she was kindhearted and never enforced this particular prerogative. She was instrumental, along with Ka'ahumanu, in overthrowing the kapu system, and was one of the first Hawaiians to accept the missionaries, and was the first Hawaiian baptized as a Protestant. Her dying wish was that her daughter, Nahienaena, be "Raised as a Christian". Sadly, this conflict between old ways and new is what would lead to the end of Nahienaena's short, saddening life. Keopuolani park in Wailuku is named for her.

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  • Originally Created by: Mongoose
  • Added: 23 Nov 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8122190
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Keopuolani (1778–16 Sep 1823), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8122190, citing Waiola Church Cemetery, Lahaina, Maui County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .