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King Kekaulike

Maui County, Hawaii, USA
Death 1736 (aged 35-36)
Hawaii, USA
Burial Wailuku, Maui County, Hawaii, USA
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Memorial ID 8139592 · View Source
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Hawaiian chief and King of Maui. The birthdate listed is in dispute. Kekaulike was the father of the equally great, and equally ruthless Kahekili. During his reign, the long-standing alliance between the island of Maui (Which Kekaulike ruled) and Hawaii, was fractured. Kekaulike, however, a descendant of the great king and warrior Pi'ilani, was able to drive back invading forces from the Big Island. Although his son, Kamehamehanui, lost Hana, which was isolated from the rest of Maui, Kekaulike's other son, Kahekili, took it back. Kekaulike built the Popoiwi Heiau(Temple) in Kaupo. However, as he died before Westerners arrived, little has been recorded about him, and Kekaulike is now probably best known for founding the dynasty from which such figures as Chief Kahekili, Governor Boki, Queen Keopuolani, Queen Ka'ahumanu, King Kaumuali'i are descended from. Like most ancient Hawaiian chiefs, his bones were buried in secret, so that his enemies could not take his Mana (Power) from them. The place where they were buried was a cave called Olopio, in Iao Valley, but its location has been lost. King Kekaulike High School is named after him.

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  • Added: 29 Nov 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8139592
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for King Kekaulike (1700–1736), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8139592, citing Olopio Cave, Iao Valley, Wailuku, Maui County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .