The word “bokiawan” is from the root word “bokya” meaning a meeting place. “Punbokyawan” means a place where two rivers meet. The river flowing down from the mountains of Lubu-ong and the river coming from Hapao meets in a small sitio in this Barangay so they named that place Bokiawan. In due time, the whole place was named Bokiawan.
Barangays Bokiawan, Hapao, Lubu-ong and Nungulunan were formerly under the Municipality of Banaue. The municipality of Hungduan by then was composed of fifteen barangays namely: Poblacion, Abatan, Ahin, Binablayan, Danggo, Gumhang, Maggok, Tinoc, Tucucan, Wangwang, Ap-apid, Bangbang, Impugong, Luhong and Eheb. On March 16, 1982, Batas Pambansa Bilang 184 created the municipality of Tinoc out of some barangays of Hungduan leaving only four barangays. Later, under Batas Pambansa Bilang 327 dated January 19, 1983, the Barangays of Bokiawan, Hapao, Lubu-ong and Nungulunan were transferred from Banaue to Hungduan. To date, there are nine (9) barangays in the municipality.
The first elected Barangay Captain of Bokiawan when it was under Banaue was Mr. Emilio Hagay. When it was separated from Banaue, Mr. Guiniling Pumihic partly served as the Barangay Captain followed by Mr. Joseph M. Buyagao in April 1989 to 1997. Presented below are the past and present political leaders.