Her Royal Highness
Princess Owana Kaʻōhelelani
Head of the Royal House
of Keōua nui
"Keōua nui is the founder of the Kamehameha Dynasty who founded the Hawaiian Kingdom"
-H.M. Queen Liliʻuokalani
Her Royal Highness
Princess Owana Kaʻōhelelani
Her Royal Highness Princess Owana Kaʻōhelelaniʻs grandfather was the only son of HRH Princess Theresa Owana Kaʻōhelelani Laʻanui, the absolute primogeniture successor of HRH Princess Elizabeth Kekaʻaniau Laʻanui of the Kamehameha Dynasty.
The unfortunate death of the beloved Queen Liliʻuokalani in 1917 ended the Kalakaua dynastic line of succession. After the queens death, her cousin, the High Chiefess Princess Elizabeth Kekaʻaniau Laʻanui became the head of the royal house and the only aliʻi and sole survivor of the royal family who attended 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 aliʻi 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 provides that the lawful successor to the throne and/or head of the royal house 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.
The hereditary continuation of the dynastic rights of the head of the royal house to the absolute primogeniture of the royal house is a "generation to generation" life long protest against the occupying government, thus preserving sovereignty.
After the passing of Princess Elizabeth in 1928, her niece, Princess Theresa Owana Kaʻōhelelani Laʻanui inherits the "fons honorum" as head of the royal house and continues her royal prerogatives.
Born under the monarchy was her son, the primogeniture heir, Prince Robert Keoua Kalanikupuapaʻikalaninui Wilcox, having his first daughter, Princess Helena Kalokuokamaile, who was hanai and raised by the Princess Theresa Owana Kaʻohelelani Laʻanui and became head of the royal house as the absolute primogeniture heir 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 of the 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.
Princess Owana intends to restore relationships with royal houses around the world,
especially among those nations that recognized the independence of the Hawaiian Kingdom.