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Keaweʻīkekahialiʻiokamoku (c. 1665 – c. 1725) was the king of Hawaii Island in the late 17th century.[1] He was the great-grandfather of Kamehameha I, the first king of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

King of Hawaii
Aliʻi Aimoku of Hawaii
Predecessor Keakealaniwahine
Successor Kalaniʻōpuʻu
Born c. 1665
Died c. 1725
Spouse Lonomaʻaikanaka
Issue Kalaninuiamamao
Keʻeaumoku Nui
House House of Keawe
Father Kanaloa-i-Kaiwilena Kapulehu
Mother Keakealaniwahine
Religion Hawaiian religion

He was a progenitor of the House of Keawe.


He was believed to have lived from 1665 to 1725. He was son of Keakealaniwahine, the ruling Queen of Hawaii and Kanaloa-i-Kaiwilena Kapulehu. He is sometimes referred to as King Keawe II, since prior to him there was already Keawenuiaumi. Keawe was surnamed "ʻīkekahialiʻiokamoku".

Keaweʻīkekahialiʻiokamoku, a strong leader, ruled over much of the Big Island. He is said to have been an enterprising and stirring chief, who traveled all over the eight islands, and obtained a reputation for bravery and prudent management of his island. It appears that in some manner he composed the troubles that had disturbed the peace during his mother's time; mainly the conflict between the independent ʻI family of Hilo. It was not by force or by conquest, for in that case, and so near to our times, some traces of it would certainly have been preserved in the legends. He probably accomplished the tranquility of the island through diplomacy, as he himself married Lonomaʻikanaka, the daughter of Ahu-a-ʻI, and he afterwards married his son Kalaninuiomamao to Ahia, the granddaughter of Kuaʻana-a-ʻI and cousin to Kuahuia's son, Mokulani, and thus by this double marriage securing the peace and allegiance of the Hilo chiefs. The other districts do not seem to have shared in the resistance made by the Hilo chiefs to the authority of the King, at least the name of no district chief of note or influence has been recorded as having been so engaged.[2]

He ruled along with his half-sister wife Kalanikauleleiaiwi who inherited their mother kapu rank. After his death, a civil war broke out over succession between his sons, Keʻeaumoku and Kalaninuiʻamamao, and a rival chief known as Alapaʻinui, who was the son of his sister Kalanikauleleiaiwi and another man. Alapaʻinui emerged victorious over the two brothers and their orphan sons (including Kamehameha I's father), who were absorbed into his clan.[citation needed] Hale o Keawe was an ancient Hawaiian heiau originally built as the burial site for Keaweʻīkekahialiʻiokamoku.[3] Today the reconstructed temple is part of the Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park.[4]

The House of Kalākaua and the House of Kawānanakoa descend from his eldest son Kalaninuiʻamamao. He could be called the father of Hawaii.[5]



  1. ^ Moʻolelo O Na Aliʻi - March 2007
  2. ^ Abraham Fornander, An Account of the Polynesian Race: Its Origin and Migrations, Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1969
  3. ^ Pu'uhonua-o-Honaunau, City of Refuge National Historic Park, Natural and Cultural Resources Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (EA). 1976. pp. 25–26. 
  4. ^ Ala Kahakai National Trail, Hawaii County: Environmental Impact Statement. 1998. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Kamehameha's Keawe Connection". Archived from the original on 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
Preceded by
Aliʻi Aimoku of Hawaiʻi
Succeeded by