Originally Posted by LadyGabrielle
Owana Salazar isnt the head. HRH Prince Quentin Kawanankoa is. He put in a full claim 4 years ago and is the recognized heir and pretender to the throne. She is delusional.
Owana Salazar's claim is equally as strong as Quentin Kawanankoa's, for the simple reason that there is and can be no legitimate pretender to the Hawaiian throne.
Depending on whether or not one finds the 1887 Constitution (i.e., the "Bayonet Constitution") to be legitimate, the governing rule pertaining to the succession to the Hawaiian throne is laid out in either Article 22 of the 1887 Constitution
or Article 22 of the 1864 Constitution
The 1864 Constitution provided that the Crown would demise in the direct line of King Kamehameha V (and, failing that, to his sister, Princess Victoria Kamāmalu Kaʻahumanu, and her direct line), by male-preference primogeniture. Similarly, the 1887 Constitution provided that the Crown would demise in the direct line of King Kalākaua (and, failing that, to his sister, the eventual Queen Liliʻuokalani, and her direct line), likewise by male-preference primogeniture.
In the event of the extinction of the indicated lines (Victoria Kamāmalu dying without issue in 1866, Kamehameha V dying without legitimate issue in 1872, Kalākaua dying without issue in 1891, and Liliʻuokalani dying without issue in 1917), both constitutions provided that the Sovereign could, with the approval of the Kingdom's nobles, select an heir designate. The only Sovereign who actually did so was Liliʻuokalani, who, soon after her reign began, selected Princess Victoria Kaʻiulani as her heir designate (though Kaʻiulani ended up predeceasing Liliʻuokalani in 1899, leaving no issue).
If the Sovereign from whom the Crown demised failed to so appoint an heir designate during his or her life, then the Legislative Assembly of the Kingdom was to elect a new Sovereign from among the aliʻi (the Kingdom's hereditary nobles) upon his or her death. This occurred twice under the 1864 Constitution: When Kamehameha V died, the Legislative Assembly elected Lunalilo; when Lunalilo died, the Legislative Assembly elected Kalākaua (albeit, in a very close and hotly-contested election that resulted in a riot when the results were announced).
In the event that the Crown demised to an heir designate (which, obviously, never happened), or in the event that the Legislative Assembly selected an heir elect, then the Crown would demise in the direct line of said heir designate or elect, by male-preference primogeniture. However, if that Sovereign left no legitimate direct issue, then it would be necessary for a new heir to be so designated or, failing that, elected, and no person not so designated or elected can legitimately claim any pretense to the Hawaiian throne.