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Exploring King Kamehameha


During the time of Captain Cook, King Kamehameha was born around 1758 on the Big Island. The Hawaiian Islands were ruled by individual chiefs. King Kamehameha was the first chief to rule all the islands as one…the Hawaiian chain of islands. He was the first one to unite (conquer) all the islands.

King Kamehameha had a brilliant mind, Herculean strength, and boundless ambition. It is said he was marked for death before his birth. When Kamehameha’s mother was pregnant, she craved the eyeball of a chief. Based on this, it was determined the child would became a rebel, a slayer of chiefs.

King Kamehameha was not of the highest class since his parents were only cousins, not brother, and sister like higher chiefs. However, King Kamehameha was a member of a small group of people who spent the night on Captain Cook’s ship. King Kamehameha was impressed by Captain Cook and served in many of his battles.

When King Kamehameha conquered the Big Island of Hawaii by being invited to an inaugural sacrifice ceremony of a new temple and then slaying his hosts, he set his sights on the other Hawaiian Islands. In the 1790s they conquered Maui, Moloka’i, Lanai, O’ahu, and eventually Kauai. He ruled from the Big Island and died in 1819.


Cite: O’ahu Revealed by Andrew Doughty




Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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