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For a Hawaiian goddess of milk, see Nuakea (deity).
High Chiefess of Oʻahu and Molokaʻi
BornOʻahu, Hawaiʻi
FamilyRoyal family of ʻEwa
ConsortChief Ke?olo?ewa-a-Kamauaua
FatherHigh Chief Keaunui of ʻEwa
MotherHigh Chiefess Wehelani

Nuʻakea was a High Chiefess in Ancient Hawaii, who was a Princess of Oʻahu island by birth and became Queen of Molokaʻi, another Hawaiian island.[1]

She is mentioned in Hawaiian legends and by historian Abraham Fornander.


Nuʻakea was born on the island of Oʻahu to the High Chief Keaunui of ʻEwa and his wife, High Chiefess Wehelani and was named after the goddess of lactation.[2] She was a granddaughter of famous chief Maweke, a royal chief of blue blood and legendary ancestor of sacred chiefs.

Brothers of Nuʻakea were King La?akona of ʻEwa and prophet Moʻi and her cousin was King Kumuhonua.

She went on Molokaʻi and married King Ke?olo?ewa-a-Kamauaua. He was the second known lord of the island. Her parents-in-law were King Kamau?a?ua and Hinakeha and her brother-in-law was the famous Prince Kaupe?epe?e-nui-kauila. Moʻi was a friend of that prince.[3]

The only known child of Nuʻakea and her husband was Queen regnant Kapau-a-Nu?akea, named after her mother.[4] She ruled after her father had died.

Nuʻakea was a grandmother of Queen Kamauliwahine and ancestor of Prince Kalahumoku I of Hana.[5]


According to the myth, Nuakea was a goddess who went on Earth and married a mortal, but this is only a story that explains how the idea of Hawaiian goddess of lactation developed.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Kal?kaua, His Hawaiian Majesty. The Legends And Myths of Hawaii: The Fable and Folk-lore of a Strange People. Tokyo, Japan: Charles E. Tuttle Company Inc. of Rutland, Vermont & Tokyo Japan, 1972.
  2. ^ Native Planters in Old Hawaii: their life, lore, and environment; by Edward Smith Craighill Handy; Elizabeth Green Handy; Mary Kawena Pukui. Honolulu, 1972
  3. ^ Abraham Fornander, An Account of the Polynesian Race: Its Origin and Migrations, Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1969.
  4. ^ Kapau-A-Nuakea
  5. ^ "Kekoolani Genealogy of the Descendants of the Ruling Chiefs of Hawaii - pafg136 - Generated by Personal Ancestral File". Retrieved .
  6. ^ Hawaiian Mythology by Martha Warren Beckwith. See this page.

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