Princess Elizabeth Keka'aniau La'anui
High Chiefess Elizabeth Keka'aniau La'anui was the daughter of the High Chief La'anui & High Chiefess Theresa Owana Kaheiheimalie,she was born on September 11, 1834. Elizabeth was officially eligible for the Hawaiian throne by order of King Kamehameha III who placed her in the Chiefs Children's School (Royal School) due to her high rank as the senior line of Keoua Nui, descending from the eldest brother of Kamehameha I, the High Chief Kalokuokamaile.
Princess Elizabeth crossed periods from the old ali'i times well into the 19th century, during the time when her cousins became Kings & Queens and during the 1893 overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani.
After the death of Queen Liliuokalani in 1917, Princess Elizabeth was the sole survivor and the only royal member left who was legally eligible to the throne under the Constitutional laws of the Hawaiian Kingdom...the position she was groomed for since the age of 5 years old.
International Law based on Natural Law provided that the legal heir to the throne, Princess Elizabeth can continue her royal prerogatives "jura regalia" her dynastic rights as "de jure",the legitimate right of the Sovereign in exile, 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. By doing so, she maintains her protest under the current government, the prescriptive preservation of the royal house.
Keoua, Father of Kings
In 1920 at the age of 86, Princess Elizabeth wrote "Keoua, Father of Kings", a book of her memoirs of the Kamehameha Dynasty and about her great grandfather, Keoua Kalanikupuapaikalaninui, information and chants that has been past down to her from generations from Keouanui himself. She documents the sole heirs of the Keoua royal line...a second edition was published in 2000.
Princess Elizabeth married the Honorable Frank Seaver Pratt, Consul- General of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Unfortunately, she did not have any children and her only heir was her niece, Princess Theresa Owana Kaohelelani, the daughter of her brother La'anui II. Princess Elizabeth
passed away on December 20,1928 at the age of 94.
After the passing of Princess Elizabeth, her niece, Princess Theresa Owana Kaohelelani inherits the "fons honorum" as head of the royal house and Sovereign of the Kingdom of Hawai'i.
The hereditary continuation of the dynastic rights of a Sovereign in exile to the progenitor of the royal house is a life long protest against the occupying government
- the prescriptive preservation of the royal house is continued.
Princess Elizabeth Keka'aniau La'anui turned 94 years old when the Daughters of Hawaii held the last birthday celebration for Elizabeth at the Queen Emma's Summer Palace on September 11, 1928
when this picture was taken.
A favorite place of hers during the days spent with her cousin, Queen Emma. Her cherished memories is of her most loved cousin whom Elizabeth took the pleasure to accommodate little Emma when she first arrived at the Chiefs' Children's School. Sharing the boarding room at the school, Elizabeth taught the future Queen many things and eventually, became very close.
The Princess passed away 3 months later on December, 20, 1928.
Published Statement of Princess Elizabeth Keka'aniau La'anui:
"(My brother), Gideon Kailipalaki Laanui by his wife, Kamaikaopa left an only daughter, Theresa Owana Kaohelelani who by her late husbands Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr. and the Honorable Robert W. Wilcox has a family of children and grandchildren forming the junior branch of the Keoua family, now living. They and I are the sole representatives of the Keoua line, comprising the only descendants of the grand and famous chieftain, progenitor of the Kamehamehas"
-Princess Elizabeth Keka'aniau, 1920