Abigail Kawananakoa pushes for new crypt at Mauna 'Ala

Published On: Apr 22 2013 05:24:00 PM HST

It is a final resting place for royalty.

Mauna 'Ala is a mausoleum for Hawaiian kings, queens, their family and their trusted advisers.

Now, the state land board is being asked to allow Abigail Kawanakoa to be buried there.

The Royal Order of Kamehameha sees no problem.

"We believe its pono, and it’s proper,” said Bill Souza, protocol officer for the Native Hawaiian organization.

Kawanaakoa would like to be buried at the makai front corner of the cemetery.  It would be directly across from the Wylie Tomb and would look just like it.

The only difference is the footprint would be slightly smaller at 15-by-15-feet.

The vault is named for Robert Wylie, who served as foreign minister and it houses nine members of Queen Emma's family.

For those who acknowledge Kawananakoa’s lineage, it’s a request to be with family.

"This piece of property is regulated to the chiefs of old and princess is a descendant, and, therefore, she has her kuleana and a right, we believe to be buried here," said  Souza

Kawananakoa is the adopted granddaughter of Prince David Kawananakoa.

Souza doesn’t believe there will be a royal fuss among Native Hawaiian organizations about the new tomb -- the cost of which will be paid for by the princess.

"We owe them a lot.  They have restored many of our treasures and we appreciate that and, as the Royal Order, we believe very strongly in the continuing tradition," Souza said.

The Association of Native Hawaiian Civic Clubs this past weekend voted unanimously not to oppose the plan.  The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is still researching the issue and has yet to take a position.

But some believe push back may come from individuals who don't recognize Kawananakoa as a Hawaiian princess.

The state land board makes its decision Friday.


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