Tragic news out of Hawaii as the death of the “Last Hawaiian Princess,” Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kāwananakoa, has been confirmed dead at the age of 96. In addition to being a philanthropist, Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kāwananakoa was one of the last remaining descendants of the monarchy.
Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kāwananakoa Dead At 96
According to People Magazine, the people of Hawaii found comfort in knowing Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kāwananakoa passed away peacefully in her sleep while in the comfort of her own home. Her wife Veronica was by her side at the time of her passing. A press release from the Iolani Palace in Honolulu confirmed Princess Abigail’s passing. Her wife Veronica issued a statement on her passing.
Abigail will be remembered for her love of Hawai’i and its people. I will miss her with all of my heart.”
The princess was a member of the Kāwananakoa royal house. The house had close ties to two of the reigning monarchs on the island including King Kalākaua and Queen Liliu’okulani. Technically, Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kāwananakoa did not have a formal royal title. She, however, was a reminder to all of the Hawaiian monarchy and she was considered to be a Hawaiian symbol.
Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa died on Sunday at the age of 96. The governor has issued all flags to be flown at half-staff following her passing. Rest in peace, Princess. pic.twitter.com/r153MYmD0A
— PBS Hawai‘i (@pbshawaii) December 12, 2022
At the time of her passing, the princess was also one of the largest landowners in Hawaii.
A Look At Her Life
Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kāwananakoa was born on April 23, 1926. She did not have any siblings as she was the only child of William Jeremiah Ellerbrock and Princess Lydia Kamaka’eha Liliu’okulani Kawānanakoa Morris. When she was just five years old, she was adopted by her grandmother (on her mother’s side), Her Royal Highness Abigail Wahiika’ahu’ula Campbell Kawānanakoa.
HAWAII'S LAST PRINCESS REMEMBERED | As many mourn the death of Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawananakoa, some remembered her generous contributions to the Native Hawaiian people. https://t.co/8QBC5Shbow
— KITV4 (@KITV4) December 13, 2022
Princess Abigail was recognized as a very giving individual. She played a huge role in preserving and restoring Iolani Palace (which is now a museum). Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kāwananakoa was passionate about reviving the Hawaiian language. She did what she could to help children further their education by assisting with scholarships. She also helped people pay for their medical bills.
Rest in peace, Princess Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kāwananakoa.
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