The Bakers - Governors of the Hawaiian Kingdom
The House of Kamakahelei was well respected by both the House of Kamehameha and the House of Kalakaua. Many family members, cousins to the reigning Royal houses, held significant and esteemed positions within the Royal court.
H.R.H. Prince Darrick's 3rd Great grandfather H.E. Col. Hoapili Baker along with his 'great' uncle H.E. John Timoteo Baker and his 'great' aunt H.E. Ululani Lewai Baker held the position of Royal Governors of Hawai'i.
"The Governor shall be the superior over his particular island or islands."
Kia'aina o na Mokupuni o Hawai'i
H.E. Ali'i Col Robert Hoapili Baker, Governor of Mau'i, Aide-de-camp to King Kalakaua
October 4, 1886 - August 23, 1888
H.E. Ali'i John Timoteo Baker, Governor of Hawai'i
February 8, 1892 – February 25, 1893 (Overthrow of Kingdom)
H.E. Ali'i Ululani Lewai Baker, Governor of Hawai'i
October 15, 1886 – August 23, 1888
THE FIRST CONSTITUTION OF HAWAII Granted by Kamehameha III, October 8, 1840
GOVERNORS. There shall be four Governors over these Hawaiian Islands — one for Hawaii — one for Maui and the Islands adjacent — one for Oahu, and one for Kauai and the adjacent Islands. All the Governors, from Hawaii to Kauai shall be subject to the king. The prerogatives of the Governors and their duties, shall be as follows : Each Governor shall have the general direction of the several tax gatherers of his island, and shall support them in the execution of all their orders which he considers to have been properly given, but shall pursue a course according to law, and not according to his own private views. He also shall preside over all the judges of his island, and shall see their sentences executed as above. He shall also appoint the judges and give them their certificates of office. All the Governors, from Hawaii to Kauai shall be subject not only to the King, but also to the Premier. The Governor shall be the superior over his particular island or islands. He shall have charge of the munitions of war, under the direction of the King, however, and the Premier. He shall have charge of the forts, the soldiery, the arms and all the implements of war. He shall receive the government dues and shall deliver over the same to the Premier. All important decisions rest with him in times of emergency, unless the King or Premier be present. He shall have charge of all the King's business on the island, the taxation, new improvements to be extended, 12 and plans for the increase of wealth, and all officers shall be subject to him. He shall also have power to decide all questions, and transact all island business which is not by law assigned to others. When either of the Governors shall decease, then all the chiefs shall assemble at such place as the King shall appoint, and shall nominate a successor of the deceased Governor, and whosoever they shall nominate and be approved by the King, he shall be the new Governor.
Source: ROSTER-LEGISLATURES Of HAWAII 1841- 1918 Constitutions of Monarchy and the Republic