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Kaiminaʻauao
Princess of the Kingdom of Hawaii
House House of Kalākaua
Father Caesar Kapaʻakea
Mother Analea Keohokalole
Born 1844
Honolulu, Hawaii
Died November 10, 1848

Kaiminaʻauao (1844–November 10, 1848) was a Hawaiian princess by adoption to Queen Kalama and King Kamehameha III. She died of the measles at the age of four. She was a member of the House of Kamehameha (by adoption) and the House of Kalākaua (by birth).

Her mother was Analea Keohokalole, and her father was Caesar Kapaʻakea. Both were Hawaiian nobility. She was a younger sister of Moses Kapaʻakea, James Kaliokalani, David Kalākaua, Lydia Kamakaeha, and Anna Kaiulani, and she was the older sister of Miriam Likelike and William Pitt Leleiohoku II. Two of her siblings would become rulers aftr her death.

She was an adopted (hānai) child, as most of her sibling were soon to be. Kamehameha III and his queen, Kalama, were childless at the time because two sons born to Kalama had died before reaching adulthood. Kamehameha III had previously adopted his half-sister Kīnaʻu's son Alexander Liholiho as his heir. Kalama probably wished to have a daughter of her own to love, so they adopted Kaiminaʻauao. Kaiminaʻauao was the first in her family to be referred as a princess since her foster parents were the sovereign king and queen of the Hawaiian Islands.[1]

The measles, brought to Hilo by an American warship, decimated about a third of the Hawaiian population. Measles, whooping cough and influenza epidemics wiped out 10,000 people, mostly native Hawaiians. Among the high chiefs who died were Moses Kekuaiwa (son of Kīna{ʻu and Kekuanaoa), William Pitt Leleiohoku I, husband of Ruth Keelikolani,[2] and the four-year-old Kaiminaʻauao on November 10, 1848. She was interred in the Kalākaua Crypt at Mauna Ala.[3]

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