Princess Theresa Owana Ka'ohelelani La'anui
1860-1944
High Chiefess Theresa Owana Ka'ohelelani was the daughter of High Chief Gideon Ka'ilipalaki La'anui and Chiefess Kamaikaopa. Princess Theresa grew up among family political ties to the Kingdom of Hawai'i as a descendant of royal parentage eligible to the throne. She would often go to the palace of King Kamehameha V to make leis for him when she was a child. She was 11 years old when she was adopted by her aunt, the High Chiefess, Princess Elizabeth Keka'ani'au La'anui
 at the death of her father.

Princess Theresa became the head of the royal house possessing "fons honorum" after the passing of Princess Elizabeth Keka'ani'au La'anui in 1928, continuing her royal prerogatives, her dynastic progenitor rights as the legitimate Sovereign in exile.

Princess Theresa was well respected among authority figures of Hawaii & the United States. She was the very First Lady of Hawaii to enter the White House as the wife of Hawaii's first Delegate to Congress, Honorable Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox. One of her many stories of living in Washington were often told of how she had left a party at the White House with young Theodore Roosevelt to get something to eat, because the snacks were to slim for her Hawaiian appetite. 

The princess owned and operated with her second husband, Robert Wilcox, two Hawaiian newspaper companies called the Liberal & the Home Rule Republic which was written in Hawaiian & English.  Her generosity was noted for the gifts of land given for Hawaiian Electric and the Princess Theaters, also monetary gifts for the Kapiolani Maternity Hospital.


In her elder years, the Royal Hawaiian Band would perform in front of her house on her birthday every year.  The Princess wrote a song "Uluhua Wale Au" which was published in the King's Song Book. A beautiful waltz about the fragrance of Ka'ala, the highest mountain peak on O'ahu.





"ULUHUA WALE AU"

Onaona e ka uka o Ka`ala
Kuahiwi `au i ke kai
Ho`omâhie mai ana i ka nahele
I ka nani o Kûwaipô  

Uluhua uluhua wale au 
Uluhua i ka wai a ka naulu 
Ia wai nihi a`e i na pali 
Ka lewa mauka o Mikilua 

`Elua no pu`u i `oi a`e 
A Hâlona e hi`ipoi nei 
O ka uhi wai no me ka lalana 
`Ekolu i ke onaona Iâpana 

Uluhua uluhua wale au 
Uluhua i ka wai a ka naulu 
Ia wai nihi a`e i na pali 
Ka lewa mauka o Mikilua

The fragrance from Ka`ala
Mountain washed by the sea
Permeates the woodland
And beautiful Kuwaipo

I am teased and tantalized
Vexed by the ever-present showers
That water that sweeps silently across the cliffs
And floats past the uplands of Mikilua

Two hearts are best
At cherished Halona
The heavy fog and the warming heat
Joined by the fragrance of the 
night-blooming Cestrum

I am teased and tantalized
Vexed by the ever-present showers
That water that sweeps silently across the cliffs
And floats past the uplands of Mikilua















































Princess Theresa was married 4 times, although she only had children from her first and second marriages, her first husband was to Alexander Cartwright III,
Having Princess Daisy Napulahaokalani & Princess Eva Kuwailanimamao

Her second husband was the Honorable Robert Kalanihiapo Wilcox, having 
Prince Robert Keoua Kalanikupuapaikalaninui & 
Princess Virginia Kahoa Kaahumanu Kaihikapumahana
another daughter, Elizabeth Kaʻakaualaninui lived for only a few months.

 Princess Theresa Owana passed away in 1944. Her son, Prince Robert Keoua Kalanikupuapaikalaninui would have succeeded her as the head of the royal house, unfortunately he died in 1934 at young at the age of 41. Prince Robert's first child, Princess Helena Kalokuokamaile became the head of the royal house and continued the royal house prerogatives.   After the passing of Princess Helena in 1988, her daughter, Princess Owana Ka'ohelelani La'anui Salazar succeeded her as head of the royal house and "fons honorum", and is continuing the royal house prerogatives.