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Kīwalaʻō (1760-1782)[2] was the aliʻi nui of the Island of Hawaii in 1782 when he was defeated in battle and overthrown by Kamehameha I.[3]

Aliʻi nui of Hawaiʻi Island
Cloak of Kiwalao (1899).jpg
The Cloak of Kīwalaʻō, 1899.
Died July, 1782[1]
Battle of Mokuʻōhai
Spouse Kekuʻiapoiwa Liliha
Issue Keōpūolani
Father Kalaniʻōpuʻu
Mother Kalola Pupuka-o-Honokawailani


Early lifeEdit

Kīwalaʻō was born in 1760[2] to Aliʻi Nui, Kalaniʻōpuʻu and his queen consort Kalola Pupuka.[4][5] He was the eldest son of the ruler and was the heir apparent. While he was alive at the time of Captain Cook's arrival, he was not present and there is no foreign account of him.[6]

He is said to have been of a weak character while his half brother Keōua Kuahuula was the exact opposite and more comparable to the knights of the middle ages.[7]