Established in 1823,
Wainee was the first Christian cemetery in Hawaii. Here
are buried the great and obscure of Old Lahaina.
Notables include the following:
Kaumualii, the last king of Kauai
sacred Queen Keopuolani, the highest royalty by
virtue of bloodlines in all Hawaii, born in Wailuku
in 1780; she was the first Hawaiian baptized as
Chief Hoapili, a general and King Kamehameha the
Great's closest friend; Hoapili married two of Kamehameha's
queens, Keopuolani and Kalakua
Wahine (Kalakua), governor of Maui from 1840 to
1842, who donated 1,000 acres of land to start Lahainaluna
one of the five queens of Kamehameha II, born in
Lahaina in 1805, who served as governor of Kauai
from 1842 to 1844
Chiefess Liliha, granddaughter of King Kahekili;
Liliha visited King George IV with her husband,
Boki, Kamehameha II and Queen Kamamalu. In
1830 Liliha started a rebellion with 1,000 soldiers
on Oahu while she was governor there. Her
father, Hoapili, forced her to give up her office
and return to Maui
Nahienaena, darling of the high chiefs and the Hawaiian
people, sister to kings Kamehameha II and III
(See LUAKINI STREET for
the story of her funeral)
Many missionary children
are buried in Wainee Cemetery, as is Rev. Richards.
The oldest Hawaiian Christian gravestone in the Islands
is that of a Mauian who died in 1829 from "fever."
A Hawaiian man who died in 1908 at the age of 104-
living through royal rule, the breaking of kapus,
constitutional government and the establishment of
Hawaii as a U.S. territory-is also buried here.
Visitors should be aware that Hawaiians consider this
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