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A Hawaiian Princess in the family?

Katherine Wier May 23, 2012

My grandmother was born in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii and had claimed ancestory to the royal linage of Hawaii in that perhaps her mother was a hawaiian princess. We have hit a wall as her birth certificate was burned at the Episcopal Church she was chritsened in was burned down. Trying to recover any infor from the Hawaiian linagge has been difficult due to the oral passage of history in the islands prior to English Missonary settlement. Finding my linage form the English side has beenfar more easy than the Hawaiian side and I wish we could find more info as her stories of having tea at the palace with the queen and srfing with “The Duke” (her brother’s friend) were always so amazing.

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  • Garth Tuttle

    May 24, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Some years ago I picked up a book tittled “Around The World With Tthe King” – by William N. Armstrong – about a international tour by King David Kalakaua, the last king of Hawai’i. It is a book worth reading, just on its own. His sister, Liliuokalani was the last monarch of Hawai’i.; she wrote a book titled Hawai’is’ Story by Hawai’i's Queen.
    I wish I knew how else to search, as I suspect there were other branches of hte Royal Family, from earlier reigns.
    Bon chance !

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