Edward A. Kawānanakoa

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Edward A. Kawānanakoa
Edward Abnel Kawananakoa.jpg
Born(1924-10-02)October 2, 1924
San Francisco, California
DiedJuly 29, 1997(1997-07-29) (aged 72)
Honolulu, Hawaii
SpouseLila de Clark Whitaker
Carolyn Willison Branch
IssueEdward J. Abnel Keliʻiahonui Kawānanakoa
David Claren Laʻamea Kaumualiʻi Kawānanakoa
Quentin Kūhiō Kawānanakoa
Andrew Piikoi Kawānanakoa
Regina Kawānanakoa
FatherAndrew Anderson Lambert
MotherAbigail Kapiolani Kawānanakoa
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 II (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.[1] 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.[2] He was buried at the Oahu Cemetery.[3]


  • 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


  1. ^ Kalakaua (March 5, 1891). "Kalakaua's Will". Evening Bulletin. Honolulu. p. 3. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Omandam, Pat (July 31, 1997). "Edward A. Kawananakoa dies at 72". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
  3. ^ "Edward Keliiahonui Kawananakoa". Find a Grave. Retrieved June 1, 2014.