Princess Bernice Pauahi was the daughter of High Chiefess Konia & Abner Paki and the great granddaughter of Kamehameha I. Born on December 19, 1831 at Keoua Hale Palace. Bernice was officially eligible to the throne by order of Kamehameha III and was a favored cousin of Kamehameha V whom he offered the throne to but she had declined it.
In 1850, the princess was married at the Royal School to Mr. Charles Reed Bishop of New York, who started the bank of what is now known as First Hawaiian Bank. A small wedding was conducted and only a few who were close to her attended, one who attended was her cousin, Princess Elizabeth Keka`aniau La`anui.
Princess Bernice Pauahi died childless on October 16, 1884. She foresaw the need to educate her people and in her will she left her large estate of the Kamehameha lands in trust to establish the Kamehameha Schools for children with Hawaiian blood. Her husband, Charles Reed Bishop established his trust for the Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Mauna`Ala Royal Mausoleum and other charitable organizations.