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Jane Lahilahi Young Kaʻeo (May 1813 – January 12, 1862) was a Hawaiian high chiefess and a daughter of John Young Olohana, the royal advisor of Kamehameha I.

Jane Lahilahi Young
BornMay 1813
DiedJanuary 12, 1862 (aged 48)
Kuaehelani, Honolulu
SpouseJoshua Kaʻeo
Kamehameha III (mistress)
IssuePeter Kaʻeo
Keliʻimaikai "Alebada" Kaʻeo
Albert Kūnuiākea
FatherJohn Young Olohana


Early lifeEdit

She was born in May 1813, in Kawaihae, in the Kohala District, on the Island of Hawaiʻi. Her aging father was John Young the royal advisor of Kamehameha I, from Lancashire, England, who had been given high status and a vast tract of land. Her mother was High Chiefess Kaʻoanaʻeha, the niece of Kamehameha I. She was given the name of Jane and sometimes called Jenny Gini or "Kini", the Hawaiian version of Jane. She was raised on her father's homestead on a barren hillside overlooking Kawaihae Bay. It is now part of Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site. She grew up with her two sisters, Fanny and Grace, and her brother, John (known as "Keoni Ana"). Fanny was eldest, Grace was second, John was third, and she was the youngest. She had two elder half-brothers by her father's first marriage to Namokuelua; they were Robert and James Kanehoa. She and her siblings were hapa-haole or part Caucasian, but still considered having royal status through their mothers. She was Princess Nāhiʻenaʻena's childhood companion.[2]:307


A poet, she was skilled in the old allusive figurative style of her mother's ancestors. She married Hawaiian Joshua Kaʻeo, a Judge of the Supreme Court, and great grandson of King Kalaniʻōpuʻu. Their son Peter Kaeo was born on March 4, 1836, attended the Royal School and was adopted by her brother John.[3] Son Keliimaikai "Alebada" Kaeo was adopted by her brother James but died young in 1851, a week after his stepfather.[4]

She later became a royal mistress of King Kamehameha III and bore him twin sons, Kīwalaʻō and Albert Kūnuiākea. Kīwalaʻō died as an infant but Albert lived to adulthood (1851–1903). Her son Albert was raised as a hānai (adopted) of Kamehameha III's queen, Kalama and lived on to be among the last in direct line of House of Kamehameha.[5]:364[6]:53

Death and BurialEdit

After having suffered over eight years from a stroke of paralysis, she died on January 12, 1862 at her residence at Kuaehelani, Beretania Street, Honolulu.[7] Since she was the maternal aunt of Queen Emma and daughter of John Young and Kaoanaeha, she was considered royal, so she was interred in the royal cemetery of Pohukaina located on grounds of ʻIolani Palace. She was later buried in the Wyllie Crypt of the Royal Mausoleum of Hawaii known as Mauna ʻAla along with many of the Young Family.

Family TreeEdit


  1. ^ Thomas G. Thrum (1904). Kamehameha Tomb. All about Hawaii: The recognized book of authentic information on Hawaii. Honolulu Star-Bulletin. p. 180.
  2. ^ Kamakau, Samuel (1992) [1961]. Ruling Chiefs of Hawaii (Revised ed.). Honolulu: Kamehameha Schools Press. ISBN 0-87336-014-1.
  3. ^ Henry Soszynski. "Jane Lahilahi Young". web page on "Rootsweb". Retrieved 2009-12-29.
  4. ^ "KANEHOA, JAMES YOUNG Alii A ward LCA 8518- B ,M.A.43" (PDF). Kanaka Genealogy web site. Retrieved 2012-03-25.
  5. ^ George S. Kanahele (1999). Emma: Hawai'i's Remarkable Queen: a Biography. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0-8248-2240-8.
  6. ^ P. Christiaan Klieger (1998). Moku'ula: Maui's sacred island. Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press. p. 53. ISBN 1-58178-002-8.
  7. ^ "Died". The Polynesian. January 18, 1862. Retrieved June 26, 2013.