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Pomare Dynasty


H.R.H. Princess Viginia Kahoa Kaʻahumanu Kaʻihikapumana Ninito Wilcox

God daughter of Princess Ninito

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Princess Eugenie Ninito Sumner
of Tahiti

The Hawaiian and Tahitian Sovereigns had agreed that a Princess of the Pomare Dynasty would be given in marriage to a Royal Prince of the Kamehameha Dynasty.


The royals of the love match centered around the Princess Eugenie Ninito, a grandniece of Queen Pomare IV of Tahiti, H.R.H. Prince Moses Kekūāiwa Kamehameha and his brother H.R.H. Prince Alexander Liholiho who were both  eligible to the throne of Hawaiʻi.


In 1849 Princess Ninito arrived from Tahiti on the French ship commanded by Admiral Tromilen. However her fiance Prince Moses had died from measles a few weeks prior to her arrival at Honolulu.


Realizing that a breach of the marriage contract existed, His Majesty King Kamehameha III tried to save the situation by pairing the Princess with Moses' younger brother Prince Alexander Liholiho, but she declined the offer, completely dissolving the marriage contract. Shortly after, Prince Alexander and his brother Prince Lot, accompanied by Dr. Judd, embarked on their tour of the United States and Europe. Princess Ninito remained in Honolulu and married  the High Chief John Kapilikea Sumner. 


At the royal court of the Kamehameha Dynasty, Princess Ninito became very close with H.R.H. Princess Elizabeth Kekaʻaniau Laʻanui, her niece, H.R.H Princess Theresa Owana Kaʻōhelelani and her husband the Honorable Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox and was the god mother of their daughter the High Chiefess H.R.H. Princess Virginia Kahoa Kaʻahumanu Kaʻihikapumahana Ninito Wilcox, attending her baptism in 1895.


Princess Ninito Sumner appointed Power of Attorney of her estate shortly before her death to Princess Theresa Owana and her husband Robert Wilcox to handle all her affairs and property.  Unfortunately, Princess Ninito passed away soon after on July 20, 1898 and is buried at their cemetery plot at the King Street Catholic Cemetery.  The Honorable Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox was a pall bearer at the royal funeral.

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