Judge appoints bank trustee for Hawaiian heiress’ millions

HONOLULU — A judge has ruled that a 92-year-old Native Hawaiian heiress doesn’t have sufficient mental capacity to manage her $215-million trust.

The judge is appointing First Hawaiian Bank to serve as her trustee and is removing the attorney who stepped in as trustee after she suffered a stroke last year.

Many Native Hawaiians consider Abigail Kawananakoa a princess because she’s a descendant of the family that ruled Hawaii before the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom. Her riches come from being the great-granddaughter of one of Hawaii’s largest landowners.

Judge Robert Browning says it was an important decision because she is a revered woman who has dedicated her life and money to helping Native Hawaiians.

Browning is denying Kawananakoa’s request to name three trustees, including her wife.

  1. harry oyama September 11, 2018 9:36 am Reply

    Her own personal driver has already mentioned how greedy her wife is, pinching the Princess trying to get $millions from her during a car ride. Actually there was no heir named to succeed the last era of the Kaulakua rulers and the reason why the Kawankakoa was assumed next in line.

    However if one did their historical research on the true ranking ali’i by blood titles, you will find there are some who already out ranked even King Kamehameha, whose official ali’i was of low rank, being of the Wohi rank (the right to walk behind other higher ranking Ali’i) and the reason why he had to crawl on his hands and knees when approaching his kidnaped sacred wife who bore his son Liholiho.

    And to further provide more evidence, Kamehameha’s political wife Kaahumanu with the help of Liholiho went against his father’s expressed agreement of then Kaua’i ruling King Kamuali’i, kidnaped him, so Kaahaumanu could “legitamize” her right to claim a higher ranking Ali’i status amongst Hawaiians who questioned her continued rule of power.

    With that being said, then the most logical approach in deciding who stands next in line should be the decendents of King Kamuali’i lineages.

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