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Kalani Paiea Wohi o Kaleikini Kealiikui Kamehameha o Iolani i Kaiwikapu kaui Ka Liholiho Kunuiakea Kamehameha

Also Known As: "Paiea"
Birthplace: Kokoike, South Kohala, Isand of Hawaii, Hawaii
Death: Died in Halawa, North Kohala, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
Place of Burial: Halawa, North Kohala, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii
Immediate Family:

Son of Kahekili #2 Kahekili II (a.k.a. Kahekilinuiahumanu); Keoua; Chiefess Kekuiapoiwa of the Kohala District and Kekuiapoiwa
Husband of Kanekapolei Kanekapolei; Kauhilanimaka; Hikawainui II; Ka'ahumanu, Queen; Namahana Pi'ia "Lydia" and 6 others
Partner of High Chiefess Keoua-wahine
Father of Kahaaulani; Kahinu Miller Mela; Keōua Kuahu'ula; Kahiwa Kanekapolei, II; Keliiokahekili and 16 others
Brother of Kalani'kupule Kalanikupule and Koalaukani (a.k.a. Koholokalani)
Half brother of KEALIIMAIKAI; Kalani'nui'malokuloku'...; Ku'ho'oheihei'pau; Kalanikupule; Kalilikauoha and 11 others

Occupation: King of Hawaii
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About Kamehameha the Great, king of Hawai'i

Kamehameha I (ca. 1758 – May 8, 1819), also known as Kamehameha the Great, conquered the Hawaiian Islands and formally established the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi in 1810. By developing alliances with the major Pacific colonial powers, Kamehameha preserved Hawaiʻi's independence under his rule. Kamehameha is remembered for the Kanawai Mamalahoe, the "Law of the Splintered Paddle", which protects human rights of non-combatants in times of battle. Kamehameha's full Hawaiian name is Kalani Paiʻea Wohi o Kaleikini Kealiʻikui Kamehameha o ʻIolani i Kaiwikapu kaui Ka Liholiho Kūnuiākea.

Legendary birth---

Although there is some debate as to the precise year of his birth, Hawaiian legends claimed that a great king would one day unite the islands, and that the sign of his birth would be a comet. Halley's comet was visible from Hawaiʻi in 1758 and it is likely Kamehameha was born shortly after its appearance. Other accounts state that he was born in November 1737.

He was known as Paiea, which means "hard-shelled crab". His father by blood was Chief Keōua Nui. His mother was Chiefess Kekuʻiapoiwa of the Kohala district on the island of Hawaiʻi. In ancient Hawaiian culture it was common for royalty to mentor or "adopt" other children, so they can have another honorary parent. The ruler of the adjacent island of Maui, Kahekili II took Kamehameha into his court.

His father Keōua was the grandson of Keaweikekahialiʻiokamoku, who had once ruled a large portion of the island of Hawaiʻi. When Keaweikekahialiʻiokamoku died, war broke out over succession between his sons, Kalani Kama Keʻeaumoku Nui and Kalaninuiʻamamao, and a rival chief, Alapaʻinuiakauaua. Alapaʻi emerged victorious over the two brothers, and their orphan sons (including Kamehameha's father) were absorbed into his clan. He may also be the son of the chief of Maui named Kahikili.

When Kamehameha (Paiea) was born, Alapaʻi ordered the child killed. One of his priests (kahuna) had warned him that a fiery light in the sky would signal the birth of a "killer of chiefs". Alapaʻi, nervous at the thought of this child eventually usurping his rule, decided to take no chances. Paiʻea's parents, however, had anticipated this. As soon as he was born, he was given into the care of Naeʻole, another noble from Kohala, and disappeared from sight. Naeʻole raised Paiʻea for the first few years of his life. Five years after his birth, Alapaʻi, perhaps remorseful of his actions, invited the child back to live with his family. There under the guidance of his kahu (teacher), Kekuhaupiʻo, he learned the ways of court diplomacy and war. Kekuhaupiʻo remained a faithful and trusted advisor to Paiʻea until the accidental death of the loyal kahu during a sham battle.

Another story says the name Paiʻea was given to Kamehameha after he first distinguished himself as a warrior in a battles between Maui and Hawaiʻi island in 1775–1779.

Paiʻea is said to have had a dour disposition, and acquired the name he is best known for today: Kamehameha, from the Hawaiian language for "the lonely one".

More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamehameha_I

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Kamehameha the Great, king of Hawai'i's Timeline

Kokoike, South Kohala, Isand of Hawaii, Hawaii
Age 9
Wai'ohukini, Kau, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii, USA
Age 14
Halawa, Kohala, Hawaii, Hawaii, USA
Age 24
Kaunalahelahe, Island og Molokai, Hawaii, USA
Age 40
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Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, United States
Age 46
Kawaihae, Hawaii, United States
Age 49