Royal House of Keoua Nui
Gideon Ka`ilipalaki La'anui's wife,
Kamaikaopa o Kawekiuokalani
(grandaughter of Keohokalole & Kuimeheua)
Known for her beauty and her long black hair hanging past her ankles, the color of her rosey cheeks was much like the ohia and would come on her in the mid afternoon and gradually fade late at night.
High Chief Gideon Ka`ilipalaki
o Kina`u Keheananui La`anui
Gideon La`anui Ka`ilipalaki was the son of High Chief Gideon Peleioholani La`anui and the High Chiefess Theresa Owana Kaheiheimalie. He was the great grand nephew of Kamehameha I, born of high ali`i rank at the home of his father's Waialua estate in July of 1839. He was named after his fathers baptismal name of Gideon and his father's Hawaiian name La`anui, his middle name Ka`ilipalaki o Kina`u was given as a result of him brushing the skin of the Princess Kina`u with a brush when he was an infant.
He attended the latter Royal School with his other cousins and his older sister Princess Elizabeth Keka`aniau who was eligible to the throne. Another cousin and best friend at the school was Prince William Pitt Kina`u who was also eligible for the throne.
Gideon Ka`ilipalaki La`anui would supply food for the royal court, he married Kamaikaopa, grandaughter of Keohokalole (mother of King Kalakaua and Queen Lili`uokalani) and in 1860, had one child, Theresa Owana Ka`ohelelani La`anui.
Unfortunately, Ka`ilipalaki La`anui died on July 26, 1871 at the age of 32 and 3 months, his wife Kamaikaopa died the year before him. His daughter was only 11 years old at the time and was adopted by his sister, Princess Elizabeth Keka`aniau La`anui.
Gideon Ka`ilipalaki La`anui is buried at their old Hale`iwa estate with his father at the now Lili`uokalani Church and Cemetery.
Lili`uokalani Church & Cemetery
La`anui's old estate