Bernice Pauahi Bishop

Bernice Pauahi Bishop

Hawaiian Princess and Philanthropist
Born Dec 19, 1831

Bernice Pauahi Bishop, born Bernice Pauahi Pākī, was a Hawaiian princess, philanthropist, aliʻi, and direct descendant of the royal House of Kamehameha. She was the great-granddaughter of King Kamehameha I and last surviving heir. Her estate is the largest private landowner in the state of Hawaiʻi, comprising approximately 9% of Hawaii's total area.… Read More

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1831 Birth Pauahi was born in Honolulu on December 19, 1831 in Aikupika the grass hut compound of her father, Abner Kuhooheiheipahu Pākī (c. 1808-1855). … Read More
1838 6 Years Old She was adopted at birth by Princess Kīnau (who took office in the position of Kuhina-Nui, styled as Kaahumanu II) however, when Kīnau gave birth to her daughter, Victoria Kamāmalu in 1838, Bernice was returned to her parents. … Read More


1850 18 Years Old It had been planned from childhood that Pauahi, born into Hawaiian royalty, would marry her hānai (adopted) brother Prince Lot Kapuāiwa. Pauahi married businessman Charles Reed Bishop May 4, 1850 despite the objections of her parents. … Read More


1872 40 Years Old Pauahi was educated at the Royal School and was eligible to be a named heir. Prince Lot Kapuāiwa ruled as Kamehameha V and offered Pauahi the throne on his deathbed in 1872. … Read More


1884 52 Years Old 1 More Event
After Bishop's death in 1884, her husband Charles Reed Bishop started work in carrying out her will. … Read More
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