High Chiefess Theresa Owana Ka'ohelelani was the daughter of High Chief Gideon Ka'ilipalaki La'anui (grand nephew of Kamehameha I) and Chiefess Kamaikaopa, grandaughter of Keohokalole (mother of King Kalakaua and Queen Lili`uokalani). Princess Theresa grew up among family political ties to the Kingdom of Hawai'i as a descendant of royal parentage eligible to the throne. She would often go to the palace of King Kamehameha V to make leis for him when she was a child. She was 11 years old when she was adopted by her father's sister,

 the High Chiefess, Princess Elizabeth Keka'aniau La'anui.

 

Princess Theresa became the head of the royal house possessing "fons honorum" after the passing of Princess Elizabeth Keka'aniau La'anui in 1928, continuing her royal prerogatives, her dynastic primogenitor rights as the legitimate Sovereign in exile.

 

Princess Theresa was well respected among authority figures of Hawaii & the United States. She was the very First Lady of Hawaii to enter the White House as the wife of Hawaii's first Delegate to Congress, Honorable Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox.  One of her many stories of living in Washington were often told of how she had left a party at the White House with young Theodore Roosevelt to get something to eat, because the snacks were to slim for her Hawaiian appetite. 

 

The princess owned and operated with her second husband, Robert Wilcox, two Hawaiian newspaper companies called the Liberal & the Home Rule Republic which was written in Hawaiian & English.  Her generosity was noted for the gifts of land given for Hawaiian Electric and the Princess Theaters, also monetary gifts for the Kapiolani Maternity Hospital.

 

 

In her elder years, the Royal Hawaiian Band would perform in front of her house on her birthday every year.  The Princess wrote a song "Uluhua Wale Au" which was published in the King's Song Book. A beautiful waltz about the fragrance of Ka'ala, the highest mountain peak on O'ahu.

"ULUHUA WALE AU"

Onaona e ka uka o Ka`ala

Kuahiwi `au i ke kai

Ho`omâhie mai ana i ka nahele

I ka nani o Kûwaipô  

 

Uluhua uluhua wale au 

Uluhua i ka wai a ka naulu 

Ia wai nihi a`e i na pali 

Ka lewa mauka o Mikilua 

 

`Elua no pu`u i `oi a`e 

A Hâlona e hi`ipoi nei 

O ka uhi wai no me ka lalana 

`Ekolu i ke onaona Iâpana 

 

Uluhua uluhua wale au 

Uluhua i ka wai a ka naulu 

Ia wai nihi a`e i na pali 

Ka lewa mauka o Mikilua

The fragrance from Ka`ala

Mountain washed by the sea

Permeates the woodland

And beautiful Kuwaipo

 

I am teased and tantalized

Vexed by the ever-present showers

That water that sweeps silently across the cliffs

And floats past the uplands of Mikilua

 

Two hearts are best

At cherished Halona

The heavy fog and the warming heat

Joined by the fragrance of the 

night-blooming Cestrum

 

I am teased and tantalized

Vexed by the ever-present showers

That water that sweeps silently across the cliffs

And floats past the uplands of Mikilua

Princess Theresa was married 4 times, although she only had children from her first and second marriages, her first husband was to Alexander Cartwright III,Having two daughters:

Princess Daisy Napulahaokalani & Princess Eva Kuwailanimamao

 

Her second husband was the

Honorable Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox, having children:

Prince Robert Keoua Kalanikupuapaikalaninui & 

Princess Virginia Kahoa Kaahumanu Kaihikapumahana

another daughter, Princess Elizabeth Kaʻakaualaninui

who lived for only a few months.

 

 Princess Theresa Owana passed away in 1944. Her son, Prince Robert Keoua Kalanikupuapaikalaninui would have succeeded her as the head of the royal house, unfortunately he died in 1934 at young at the age of 41. Prince Robert's first child, Princess Helena Kalokuokamaile became the head of the royal house and continued the royal house prerogatives. After the passing of Princess Helena in 1988, her daughter, Princess Owana Ka'ohelelani La'anui Salazar succeeded her as head of the royal house and "fons honorum", and is continuing the royal house prerogatives.

Honorable Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox
1860-1944
Princess Theresa Owana
Ka`ohelelani La`anui

Royal House of Keoua Nui