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Edward A. Kawānanakoa

Edward A. Kawānanakoa

Pretender to the Hawaiian throne, 1961-1997
Edward A. Kawānanakoa
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Pretender to the Hawaiian throne, 1961-1997
Was Military personnel Pretender
From United States of America
Type Military
Gender male
Birth 2 October 1924, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death 29 July 1997, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA (aged 72 years)
Star sign Libra
Mother: Abigail Kapiolani Kawānanakoa
Children: Quentin Kawānanakoa
University of Southern California
Menlo College
The details


The young Prince Edward A. Kawānanakoa wearing the feather mahiole and ʻahuʻula of his ancestor, King Kaumualiʻi in 1947.

Edward Abnel Keli'iahonui "Dudie" Kawānanakoa (October 2, 1924 – July 29, 1997) was a member of the House of Kawānanakoa.


He was born October 2, 1924, to Abigail Kawānanakoa and her first husband, Andrew Anderson Lambert, in San Francisco, California. He was named after his great-uncle Prince Edward Abnel Keliʻiahonui who died at a young age.

His grandfather David Kawānanakoa (1868–1908) was officially named as the one of the heirs to King David Kalākaua in his will. Although many in the native Hawaiian community considered him the heir to the throne, he considered himself an American citizen. As one of several heirs to the estate of his great-grandfather James Campbell, he often donated to community charities. He graduated from Punahou School and then left in 1942 for Menlo College. While in California, he joined the Army Air Corps and served as a pilot in World War II. He rejected an appointment to the United States Military Academy and instead obtained a degree from the University of Southern California. In 1946, Kawānanakoa married Lila de Clark Whitaker. In 1960, the couple were divorced. Kawānanakoa married again to Carolyn Branch and had two children of their own. On July 29, 1997, Kawānanakoa died and was survived by his wife, eight children and his two sisters, Virginia Poomaikelani Kawānanakoa and Esther Kapiolani Kawānanakoa and cousin Abigail Kinoiki Kekaulike Kawānanakoa. He was buried at the Oahu Cemetery.


  • Edward J. Kawānanakoa, son
  • David Kawānanakoa II, son
  • Quentin Kawānanakoa, son
  • Andrew Piikoi Kawānanakoa, son
  • Regina Kawānanakoa, daughter
  • Travis Branch, stepson
  • Corey Branch, stepson
  • Young Branch, stepdaughter
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