The oldest person in Hawaii at age 124, Kepoolele Apau witnessed the rapid Westernization of Hawaii.
Born in Puna, Hawaii, she saw Kamehameha I and Keoua before his ill-fated battle. During the transition from Hawaiian religion to Christianity, missionaries converted Kepoolele to Christianity. A friend of Kapiolani, Kepoolele visited the Kilauea volcano with her. Kepoolele also lived through a smallpox epidemic, caring for her infected loved ones and burying those who passed away.