Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox was descended from Maui royal line of Lonomakaihonua, brother of Kaulahea, King of Maui before Kamehameha’s reign. Robert led two patriotic attempts on behalf of his Sovereign and countrymen. The first was to overthrow the illegal and despised Bayonet Constitution and the Reform Government. The second was to restore the deposed Queen Liliuokalani and the Hawaiian Government. He was sentenced to death on his attempt to restore the queen, but was pardoned by the U.S Congress.
Later Robert was voted by his countrymen to obtain full voting rights for his people in the forming Hawaii’s Organic Act. He was successful and returned home with honor and was elected as Hawaii’s first Delegate to Congress.
After his release from prison from his attempt to restore the queen, he married Princess Theresa Owana Ka'ohelelani Laanui of the Kamehameha Dynasty on August 20, 1896. From this marriage they had a son, Prince Robert Kalanikupuapaikalaninui Wilcox and a daughter, Princess Virginia Kahoa Kaahumanu Kaihikapumahana Wilcox.
Wilcox and Princess Theresa owned and operated two newspapers published before the period of the revolution and after annexation, which was respectfully a voice to their people. Their newspapers were called the Liberal and the Home Rule Republic which was written in both English and Hawaiian language editions
Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox Day
A new park was built and named “Wilcox” park. A statue of Robert Wilcox was erected in 1993 in the central downtown area of Honolulu, Hawaii on the corner of King and Fort Street. A proclamation was made by the State of Hawaii, declaring that September 11 in 1993 is Honorable Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox Day in remembrance of such a great Hawaiian soldier.
Statue of Robert William Kalanihiapo Wilcox
The descendants of Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox and his wife, Princess Theresa Owana Ka'ohelelani La'anui Wilcox at the unveiling ceremony of the Honorable, Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox statue at Wilcox Park, downtown Honolulu, Fort Street Mall on King St. September 11, 1993.
Honorable Robert William Kalanihiapo Wilcox