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Head of the Royal House of Hawai'i
Princess Owana Ka`ohelelani KahekiliMahealani-Rose La`anui Wilcox Salazar
HRH Princess Owana Ka'ohelelani La'anui Wilcox Salazar's grandfather was the only son of HRH Princess Theresa Owana Ka'ohelelani La'anui, the progenitor successor of HRH Princess Elizabeth Keka'aniau La'anui of the Kamehameha Dynasty.
After the death of Queen Liliuokalani in 1917, Princess Elizabeth, head of the royal house 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.
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.
Establishing International Relations
3 February 2017, Fatima, Portugal. HRH Princess Owana Ka‘ōhelelani Salazar has reestablished the Royal Order of the Crown of Hawai‘i in a protocol exchange with HRH Dom Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza and Head of the Royal Family of Portugal, and other members of royal families and nobility of Europe and Africa. This historic event is the first exchange of royal honors between foreign houses of royalty and the Hawaiian Kingdom since the overthrow 124 years ago.
The Order was first introduced as the Order of the Cross and Crown in an Order-inCouncil of H.M. King Kamehameha III in July, 1848, through his Minister for Foreign Affairs, Robert Wyllie. The Order was not conferred until the reign of H.M. King Kamehameha V, Lot Kapuaiwa. The statues of the Order, as the Order of the Crown of Hawaiʻi, were amended during the reign of H.M. King Kalākaua and awards of the Order continued. After H.M. Queen Liliʻuokalani was illegally deposed, the Order of the Crown was again held in abeyance.
Princess Owana is committed to recognizing great service to the Hawaiian nation, through the resumption of awarding membership in the Royal Order of the Crown, the first order of knighthood conceived for the Hawaiian Kingdom and thus the oldest. At a gala at Fatima, Princess Owana and her family were awarded several honors.
Received by Princess Owana were Dame Grand Cross with Collar of the Order of Merit of the Royal House of Portugal, Dame Grand Cross of the Royal House of Egypt, Dame Grand Cross of the Crested Crane of Rwanda, these being some of the highest honors bestowed by these royal families. The deep and cordial relations between the Portuguese and Hawaiian royal houses and their peoples were acknowledged by H.M. King Kalākaua in awarding the grand cross of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I to H. M. King Luis I of Portugal in 1881. The present ceremony is in the spirit of the historic relationship between the two nations.
Her Royal Highness the Princess Owana was also awarded the Grand Cross of the Royal Brotherhood of the Order of Saint Michael of the Wing by His Excellency Bishop D. Manuel Antonio Mendes dos Santos who through the Grand Chaplain admitted her as a Professed Dame given the fact she is a practicing Roman Catholic.
Princess Owana intends to restore relationships with royal houses around the world,
especially among those nations that recognized the independence of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
After the passing of Princess Elizabeth in 1928, her niece, Princess Theresa Owana Ka'ohelelani La'anui inherits the "fons honorum" as head of the royal house and Sovereign of the Kingdom of Hawai'i and continues her royal prerogatives.
The next progenitor rights was to her son, Prince Robert Keoua Kalanikupuapaikalaninui Wilcox, having his first daughter, Princess Helena Kalokuokamaile, who was hanai and raised by the Princess Theresa Owana Ka'ohelelani La'anui and became head of the royal house after her death in 1944. Her daughter, Princess Owana Ka'ohelelani Salazar succeeded her and became the head of the royal house after her death in 1988, continuing the responsibilities of 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. Her son, the Crown Prince Noa DeGuair will succeed her.
Princess Owana and her son, Prince Noa