Happy Presidents’ Day!!
The first king of Hawaii was Kamehameha I. He was born on the Big Island, Hawaii, around 1758. After his birth, his mother handed him over to a friend to hide and protect her son from a jealous uncle. The name, Kamehameha means, “The Lonely One.” The future king lived in a valley with many caves where they could hide from any danger. He had no one to play with.
At age five, Kamehameha lived with another uncle who taught him many fighting skills such as using spears, daggers, and rocks.
After becoming king of part of the Big Island, Kamehameha gained total control of the island by 1790. He then invaded the islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai. In 1795 he fought a battle on Oahu, gaining control there. Although he never made it to Kauai, the chief on that island gave up control to Kamehameha.
By 1810, Kamehameha I ruled all of the inhabited islands.
He was a king who supported peace and trade, as well as opening Hawaii to the outside world. Known as Kamehameha The Great, he died in May of 1819.
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Remembering the great presidents of our country, and the great kings of Hawaii before it became part of The United States of America on this Presidents’ Day 2011.
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