Princess Kamamalu was the eldest daughter of Queen Kalakua Kaheiheimalie and King Kamehameha I, she became Queen Consort when she married her half-brother King Kamehameha II.
Queen Consort Kamamalu and King Kamehameha II left Hawai'i for a state visit with King George IV in London of the year 1824 to negotiate an alliance with England.
While in London, Kamamalu contracted measles and died there, her husband Kamehameha II also died there of the measles shortly after her. Their bodies were taken back to Hawaii on the HMS Blonde by Lord Byron. They were buried on the grounds of Iolani Palace, but were later removed and now they rest at the Royal Mausoleum at Nu'uanu.