rincess Emma Kalanikaumakaamano Kaleleonālani Na'ea Rooke was born on January 2, 1836. Her father was George Naea and her mother was Fanny Kekelaokalani Young, she was adopted by her aunt Grace Kamaikui Young & husband, Mr. Thomas Charles Byde Rooke.
A royal member of the Kamehameha dynasty, through her great grandfather, Prince Kealiimaikai, a brother of King Kamehameha the Great. Princess Emma was selected by Kamehameha III to be eligible for the Hawaiian throne and was sent to be groomed at the Chiefs' Children's School, where she lived and was educated with her cousin and future husband, Prince Alexander Liholiho (King Kamehameha IV) whom she married on June 19, 1856. Her cousin, Princess Elizabeth Kekaaniau and Princess Lydia Kamakaeha (Liliuokalani) were her bridesmaids. On May 20, 1858 Emma gave birth to her only child, a son, Prince Albert Edward Kauikeouli Kaleiopapa Kamehameha. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Edward of England was his godparents, for which he was given the name Albert Edward. Unfortunatley, the young prince died at the age of four and a year later, her royal husband, King Kamehameha IV died in 1863.
Queen Emma, who was dedicated to health care and education, with her husband, King Kamehameha IV, were the founders of The Queen's Medical Center, St. Andrews Priory, Iolani School and St. Andrews Cathedral.
Princess Emma, passed away on April 25, 1885 and left the bulk of her estate to the trust of The Queen's Hospital, and scholarships as well as family members such as Prince Albert Kunuiakea and
Princess Elizabeth Kekaaniau, her treasures to the Bishop Museum.
The christianing cup given by
Queen Victoria of England for her godson,
Prince Albert Edward Kauikeouli