Princess Owana Ka`ohelelani Kahekili
Mahealani-Rose La`anui Wilcox Salazar
HRH Princess Owana Ka'ohelelani La'anui Wilcox Salazar's grandfather was the only son of HRH Princess Theresa Owana Ka'ohelelani La'anui, the primogeniture successor of HRH Princess Elizabeth Keka'aniau La'anui of the Kamehameha Dynasty.
The unfortunate death of the beloved Queen Lili`uokalani in 1917 ended the Kalakaua dynastic line of succession. After the queens death, her cousin, the High Chiefess Elizabeth Keka`aniau La`anui became the head of the royal house of Hawai`i and the only ali`i and sole survivor from the Chiefs Children's School. She was officially proclaimed eligible to the throne by King Kamehameha III and was groomed to be a ruler since the age of 5 years old. In 1917, Elizabeth is the only ali`i who could lawfully succeed to the vacant throne under the constitutional laws of the Hawaiian kingdom and publicly proclaimed her sovereign rights as the head of the royal house.
International Law based on Natural Law provided that the lawful successor to the throne and/or head of the royal house, which the High Chiefess Elizabeth Keka`aniau possessed, can continue their royal prerogatives. "Jura regalia", her dynastic rights as "de jure", the legitimate right of the sovereign, possessing "fons honorum", giving her the right to maintain royal titles and the right to appoint royal titles and honors, even under a deposed kingdom.
After the passing of Princess Elizabeth in 1928, her niece, Princess Theresa Owana Ka'ohelelani La'anui inherits the "fons honorum" as head of the royal house of the Hawaiian Kingdom and continues her royal prerogatives.
The next primogeniture rights was to her son, Prince Robert Keoua Kalanikupuapaikalaninui Wilcox, having his first daughter, Princess Helena Kalokuokamaile, who was hanai and raised by the Princess Theresa Owana Ka'ohelelani La'anui and became head of the royal house after her death in 1944. Her daughter, Princess Owana Ka'ohelelani Salazar succeeded her and became the head of the royal house in 1988, continuing the responsibilities of her royal prerogatives, "jura regalia" her dynastic rights as "de jure", the right of the legitimate head of the royal house, possessing" fons honorum", giving her the right to maintain royal titles and the right to appoint royal titles and honors, even under a deposed kingdom. Her son, HRH Prince Noa Kalokuokamaile III will succeed her.
Re-establishing International Relations
3 February 2017, Fatima, Portugal. HRH Princess Owana Ka‘ōhelelani Salazar has reestablished the Royal Order of the Crown of Hawai‘i in a protocol exchange with HRH Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza and Head of the Royal Family of Portugal, and other members of royal families and nobility of Europe and Africa. This historic event is the first exchange of royal honors between foreign houses of royalty and the Hawaiian Kingdom since the overthrow 124 years ago.
The Order was first introduced as the Order of the Cross and Crown in an Order-inCouncil of H.M. King Kamehameha III in July, 1848, through his Minister for Foreign Affairs, Robert Wyllie. The Order was not conferred until the reign of H.M. King Kamehameha V, Lot Kapuaiwa. The statues of the Order, as the Order of the Crown of Hawaiʻi, were amended during the reign of H.M. King Kalākaua and awards of the Order continued. After H.M. Queen Liliʻuokalani was illegally deposed, the Order of the Crown was again held in abeyance.
Princess Owana is committed to recognizing great service to the Hawaiian nation, through the resumption of awarding membership in the Royal Order of the Crown, the first order of knighthood conceived for the Hawaiian Kingdom and thus the oldest. At a gala at Fatima, Princess Owana and her family were awarded several honors.
Received by Princess Owana were Dame Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Merit of the Royal House of Portugal, Dame Grand Cross of the Royal House of Egypt, Dame Grand Cross of the Crested Crane of Rwanda, these being some of the highest honors bestowed by these royal families. The deep and cordial relations between the Portuguese and Hawaiian royal houses and their peoples were acknowledged by H.M. King Kalākaua in awarding the grand cross of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I to H. M. King Luis I of Portugal in 1881. The present ceremony is in the spirit of the historic relationship between the two nations.
Her Royal Highness the Princess Owana was also awarded the Grand Cross of the Royal Brotherhood of the Order of Saint Michael of the Wing by His Excellency Bishop D. Manuel Antonio Mendes dos Santos who through the Grand Chaplain admitted her as a Professed Dame given the fact she is a practicing Roman Catholic.