Lot Lonoikaua Kamehameha Carey Lane

Lot Lonoikaua Kamehameha Carey Lane (1864-1953)
Lot Lonoikaua Kamehameha Carey Lane (1864-1953)

Lot Lonoikaua Kamehameha Carey Lane, great-grandfather of H.R.H. Prince Darrick was born July 31 1864 in Waialua, Oahu. His parents were William Carey Lane and Ko’olau Chiefess Kukeakulani, daughter of Ali’i Nuhi Kukanaloa who served as friend and advisor to King Kamehameha and was the Keeper of the King’s private war canoe.

Lot Lonoikaua Kamehameha Carey Lane (1864-1953)
King Kamehameha V

Proclaimed Heir

King Kamehameha V, close friend of the Lanes bestowed his name upon the Lane's 5th child, Lot Kamehameha. On young Lots first birthday, the King held a traditional Iuau feast with around 2,000 attending. It is said that the King held the young Lot in his arms and declared he was to make him his heir. However, the King died before a formal hanai adoption had been arranged.

Royal Guard

A Lieutenant in the Royal Guard, Lot was the last insurgent to be captured by the 'self- proclaimed' government forces after the uprising of 1895 in support of the Royal House of Hawai'i. He served with his brothers, John C Lane (later Mayor of Hawai'i and a founding member of the 'Order of Kamehameha') and James Lane.

Lot was known to be intimidating looking man, standing over six feet tall and well built. He was the second-in-command at the Battle of Diamond Head of 1895 where his brother John was captured.

Then during the Battle of Manoa he became separated from the rest of the retreating Royalist forces and hid in the Ko’olau mountains, eluding the government forces that were trying to track him down. Yet after hearing that the fighting had subsided and believing that a foreign intervention had come to assist them, he came out of hiding only to discover that the Revolution to return the Monarchy to power had been crushed.

Contrary to the fears by others of Lt. Lane and a warning given to Government Forces to use caution when encountering him, he surrendered peacefully to police becoming the last ‘insurgent’ to be captured.

He was taken to Police headquarters and was escorted by six guards for fear that he might overpower them. He was locked in with over a hundred undernourished ‘POWs’. Lot protested on that first night making noise with his food trays and yelling out to provide additional food for the men. The guards gave in to his demands because of their fears of him.

Lt. Lot was well respected by both sides as a true ‘warrior’.

Lot Lonoikaua Kamehameha Carey Lane (1864-1953)
John Carey Lane (1872-1958)

Lot’s brother John Carey Lane "was at her (Queen Lili'uokalani) side when they usurped control and dethroned her in 1893, and was among those who took part in the counter revolution in 1895 with the hope of restoring her throne and native Hawaiian rule," wrote Kathleen Dickensen Mellen, (1954 'Honolulu Advertiser').

All three Lane brothers were unwavering supporters of the monarchy, avowed royalists, placing their lives on the line for the Royal House to protect the culture and traditions of the Hawaiian Kingdom. A legacy that is honoured by their descendants to this day.

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