Noble Women of the Baker Ohana - Foremothers of H.R.H. Prince Darrick

The foremothers of H.R.H. Prince Darrick unified the Baker Ohana with many Royal and Noble Houses of the Hawaiian region. And in more recent times H.R.H. Prince Darrick’s mother, Lady Elaine Eko Nagao introduced the noble Japanese Nagao Samuri clan, Lords of Kasugayama castle, into the family.

The progenitor of the Royal House of Kamakahelei was Queen Kamakahelei, Ali'i Moi  of Kaua'i, Queen regnant (Ruler in her own right) who ruled Kaua'i for 27 years. Queen Kamakahelei's mother was Princess Ka'apuwai, the daughter of King Peleioholani, Ali'i Moi  of Kaua'i and Oahu.

Queen Kamakahelei (-1794)
Queen Kamakahelei (-1794)


Princes of Kaua'i

The Royal House of Kamakahelei descends from the ‘ruling’ Royal House of Queen regnant Kamakahelei, Ali'i Moi  through her son Prince Ikekeleaiku, in direct male line of Princes of Kaua'i to the current Head of the House of Kamakahelei, H.R.H. Prince Darrick Ali'i Nui.

Ali'i Moi  Queen Kamakahelei m. Chief Kini (High Chiefs of Kaua'i)

(Princes of Kaua'i)**
Prince Ikekeleaiku m. Ali'i  Maile Kaikilani Napuupahoehoe (High Chiefs of Liloa)

H.E. Col. Robert Hoapili Baker m. Ali'i  Emma Kamakanoanoa Merseberg (High Chiefs of Hawai'i & Kohala)

Ali'i  Robert Hoapili Baker II m. Ali'i  Elizabeth Komoikai'ehuehu (House of Luluka kahu hanai to the House of Kamehameha)

Ali'i  Robert Hoapili Baker III m. Ali'i  Bernice Kailiponi Lane (High Chiefs of Ko'ola)

Ali'i  Charles Augustus Baker I m. Hime-Sama  Elaine Eiko Nagao

H.R.H. Prince Darrick Baker m. H.R.H. Princess Anna Martin

(Certified by Hawaiian genealogist Douglas Brown Tolentino)

** The Princes of Kaua'i adopted the surname of Baker through the second marriage of H.R.H. Prince Darrick's 3X great-grandmother Ali'i  Maile Kaikilani Napuupahoehoe, who married Captain Adam Baker (step father of H.E. Robert Hoapili Baker I).

Kings of Maui & High Chiefs of Liloa

Prince Ikekeleaiku of Kaua'i married Ali'i  Maile Kaikilani Napuupahoehoe who descended from the Kings of Maui and the High Chiefs of Liloa.

This union brought together the Royal Houses of Kaua'i & Oahu with those of Maui.

Kings of Hawai’i Island & High Chiefs of Kohala

Ali’i Emma Kamakanoanoa Merseberg
Ali'i  Emma Kamakanoanoa Merseberg

H.E. Col. Robert Hoapili Baker, Prince of Kaua'i married Ali'i Emma Kamakanoanoa Merseberg who descended from the King Keawe-nui-a-'Umi, 16th Ali'i Aimoku  of Hawai'i and the High Chiefs of Kohala through her mother, High Chiefess  Emma Keali'i Kamakanoanoa. Emma Merseberg's father was William Merseberg, 3rd Bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band (The King's Band).

House of Luluka (protectors of King Kamehameha)

Ali'i  Robert Hoapili Baker II (1874- 1935) married Ali'i  Elizabeth Komoikai'ehuehu who descended from the House of Luluka.

High Chief Ali'i  Luluka and his sister Queen Keaka Kalopelekai (wife of King Alapainui the Great of Hawai'i, uncle of King Kamehameha I) were kahu hanai  (adoptive parents and protectors in the Hawaiian tradition) to King Kamehameha I. The House of Luluka went onto serve the House of Kamehameha for three generations.

The High Chiefs of Ko’ola and the Lane family - Keepers of King Kamehameha’s Spirit

Ali'i Bernice Kailiponi Lane
Ali'i Bernice Kailiponi Lane

Ali'i  Robert Hoapili Baker III (1900-1986) married Ali'i Bernice Kailiponi Lane (1898-1941) who descended from the High Chiefs of Ko'ola. Her grandmother mother was Cheifess Kukeakalani Kahooilimoku daughter of Chief Nuhi Kukanaloa, Keeper of King Kamehameha's war canoe. This family was also entrusted with the secrecy of the burial place of King Kamehameha I's bones and relics, these being most sacred to the Hawaiian people.

Ali'i  Bernice was a champion Hawaiian swimmer who, along with her cousin Ali'i  Clarence Lane a world record holder in a number of international swimming events, were on the Hawaiian swim team with their friend Duke Kahanamokua, Olympian and the ‘father of surfing’.

Declared Heir to the Throne by King Kamehameha V

Lot Lonoikaua Kamehameha Carey Lane (1863- 1953) proclaimed heir to King Kamehameha V
Lot Lonoikaua Kamehameha Carey Lane (1863- 1953) proclaimed heir to King Kamehameha V

Ali'i  Benices's father was Ali'i  Lot Lonoikaua Kamehameha Lane, a Lieutenant in the Royal Guard and devout royalist who, along with his brothers James and John (future Mayor of Honolulu), fought valiantly to restore the Hawaiian Monarchy.

Lot was personally given the name of the King by King Kamehameha V himself who, on Lot's first birthday, declared him as his heir before 2,000 witnesses. Unfortunately, the King passed before formal adoption, kahu hanai  was undertaken.

Japanese Nagao Samuri clan, Lords of Kasugayama Castle

Ali'i  Charles Augustus Baker I married Hime-Sama Elaine Eiko Nagao of the Japanese Nagao Samuri clan, Lords of Kasugayama castle. They are the parents of H.R.H. Prince Darrick.

The Nagao clan was a family of Daimyo, feudal lords who built and controlled Kasugayama castle and the surrounding fief in what is now Niigata prefecture in Japan.

(Genealogy certified by Hawaiian genealogist Douglas Brown Tolentino & Hawaiian Genealogies Volume I and II by Edith Kawelohea Mckenzie

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