rince Laanui was the son of Princess Kaohelelani & Chief Nuhi O Hinai, born at Waimea, Hawaii. Laanui was the famous chief that survived the slaughter at the battle of Kawaihae.
A royal alliance was made by King Kamehameha and Queen Kaahumanu by arranging the marriage between Namahana Kekuwai-Piia (the Queens sister) and Laanui and for them to move to Waialua, Oahu to govern that district. They were the first couples to be baptized in Kawaiahao Church along with Queen Kaahumanu and seven other followers where he received his baptismal name of Gideon.
Kekuawai-Piia later died with no children from Laanui.
The home site of La'anui's Estate, The Old Haleiwa Hotel.
Laanui was then introduced to the Queens twin adopted daughter of Holau and married the High Chiefess Theresa Owana Kaheiheimalie Rives, daughter of Luahine. Their off springs brought them a daughter, Princess Elizabeth Kekaaniau and a son, Prince Gideon Kailipalaki Laanui II.
His daughter, Princess Elizabeth Kekaaniau was selected by King Kamehameha III to be eligible to the throne of the Hawaiian Kingdom and was groomed to be a future ruler of Hawaii, entering the Chiefs' Children's School.
Prince Gideon Laanui was the most skilled surf rider, taught by King Kamehameha himself at Haleumiumiiole at Kawaihae and at Kiikiiakoi. Later Laanui passed the teachings of surfing on to the young sons of Kamehameha at a place of what is now known as Ali'i Beach in Haleiwa.
Laanui was the High Chief of Waialua on Oahu were he resided and was the judge of his district appointed by King Kamehameha III. He initiated the first congregation in Waialua and donated all the land for the church. It is now known as the Liliuokalani Church. Laanui also donated a large portion of money for the original 400 pound bronze bell that still rings today, replacing the blowing of the conch shell call to worship.
The ancient royal Loko'ea fishpond as well as 'Uko'a pond was owned by Laanui where Kamehameha himself used to pull fish from. The ponds dates back to the year 1600, now transfered to the possession of the Kamehameha landholding of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop after the death of Laanui.
Laanui died on September 12, 1849, he is buried at his old estate the Waialua Protestant Church and cemetary (now, Liliuokalani Church). John Papa I'i became the gaurdians of his two children who were minors at the time.
Princess Namahana Kekuwai-Piia
Sister of Queen Kaahumanu
Laanui's old estate, land he gave to Reverend Emerson to build the Waialua Protestant Church, now called the Liliuokalani Church