(Photo: Daguerreotype of his niece H.M. Queen Emma (left) & Keoni Ana)

Hauoli La Hanau e Keoni Ana!

Kuhina Nui, Minister of the Interior, Lifelong Politician, & Royalist, John Kalaipaihala Young II Keoni Ana Opio was born March 12th, 1810.#KeoniAna

Keoni Ana was by all accounts steeped in politics from the moment he was born. His formative years were spent as the childhood playmate of H.M. King Kamehameha III Kauikeaouli. His parents, Alii Kaoanaeha the niece of H.M. King Kamehameha I and John Young trusted advisor to H.M. King Kamehameha I, were impactful in their own right. Keoni Ana was no different. His political career was spent mainly as the liaison between our government and the many foreign interests in and outside of our country. He was instrumental in the Great Mahele, acting as part of a committee to advise and help protect national land interests.

Though he himself had been appointed to the position of Kuhina Nui, since H.R.H. Princess Victoria Kamamalu was at the time too young, he worked with both H.M. King Kamehameha III & H.M. King Kamehameha IV to abolish the position so it could not be used to undermine the ruling monarch’s authority. The position was finally abolished in 1864.

Keoni Ana was so entrenched in politics, and held so many positions in his lifetime, that we hope to have more research time so we can better learn about his life.

Our country and citizens deserve a calendar that celebrates our Nation and its diverse beauty. In 2019, we will be sharing many more significant dates that we hope will be representative of who we are as a Nation. If we miss something please forgive us as this is a work in progress!