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The Ali i Aimoku of Kaua i was the sovereign king or queen of the islands of Kaua imarker and Ni ihaumarker.


The monarchs of Kaua i, like those of the other Hawaiian islands, claim descent from Wakea and Papa. Nanaulu, a descendant in the fourteenth generation from Wakea, was the ancestor of Moikeha, 1st Ali i Aimoku of Kauaimarker, but his dynasty was supplanted after two generations. The second, or Puna dynasty was established by La'amaikahiki, eleventh in descent from Puna who was twenty-fourth in descent from Wakea. Of course, every ali i lineage is ancient to us, but the northern kingdoms produced the great bloodlines that everyone wanted to graft into, including Kamehameha. Theirs is the "bluest blood", and the kingdoms they created, while very much like the kingdoms that Kamehameha’s grandparents and parents created, had a slightly different culture.

The last Ali i Aimoku of Kaua i of the old uninterrupted line of Puna was Kawelo'a'maihunali'i. After his death the kingship of Kaua i fell on Kuali'i, the Ali i Aimoku of Oahumarker and cousin of Kawelo'a'maihunali'i.

In 1810, King Kaumuali i, the 23rd Ali Aimoku, ceded his kingdom to King Kamehameha I of Hawaii, in an effort to avoid bloodshed. Thereafter, he ruled it as a Vassal state, until kidnapped by King Kamehameha II and taken to Honolulumarker in 1821. After his death in 1824, his son George Kaumuali i took back his birth name Humehume and attempted to re-establish an independent on Kaua i, but was also eventually captured and taken to Honolulu. Ironically, any claim to the crown of the Hawaiian islands now rests with Kaumualii's heirs, the House of Kawānanakoa, after the death of the House of Kamehameha and House of Kalākaua.

List of Ali i Aimoku of Kaua i

The known independent rulers were:


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