Son of Princess Kinau
(daughter of Kamehameha I) &
Mataio Kekuanaoa. Prince Lot Kamehameha was born on December 11, 1830 and was officially claimed eligible to the throne by Kamehameha III. Prince Lot ascended the throne from his younger brother, King Kamehameha IV on November 30, 1863, taking on the title of Kamehameha V. He was known as the bachelor king, and loved to ride on his horse. The king did not believe in rude drunkeness and defeated a proposal to allow the sale of alcohol in the islands. He quotes,
"I will never sign the death warrant of my people"
The King reigned for 9 years before illness took to him. On his death bed, he summoned Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop to become Queen, but she declined, the king also asked Princess Elizabeth Kekaaniau, but she also declined. Other names were offered such as Princess Emma, the king died a short time after without naming an heir or successor on December 11, 1872 on his 42nd birthday.
This enabled the Constitutional law to elect one of the 14 royal students from the Chiefs Children's School. The election was largely won in 1873 by Prince William Lunalilo from the House of Keoua nui, grandson of Kalaimamahu, Kamehameha I's brother.