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King Kamehameha I

Articles and information about King Kamehameha I of Hawaii.

King Kamehameha I
King Kamehameha I

Born: Approximately 1758
Ruled: 1810-1819
Died: May 8, 1819

Known as Kamehameha the Great

He started as a chief of the northern half of the Big island of Hawaii, and eventually became ruler of the entire island. Later he conquered all of the Hawaiian Islands and united them into one kingdom.

While he was king, Hawaii was a center of the fur and sandlewood trade. Pineapples were brought to Hawaiifrom Spain in 1813 and coffee was first planted in 1818, a year before he died.

In 1883 a statue of King Kamehameha I was dedicated in Honolulu by King David Kalakaua (this was duplicate, because the original statue was lost at sea). There is another duplicate of thisstatue at the Statuary Hall in Washington DC.

Honolulu Statue of King Kamehameha I
The golden statue of King Kamehameha the Great in front of the Aiiolani Hale in the historic capital district of downtown Honolulu is a replica of the original statue, which was lost at sea in 1880.

Big Island Statue of King Kamehameha I
The original Statue of King Kamehameha the Great was recovered from the sea and erected at Kapaau in the Kohala region of the Big Island, where it still stands today

Celebrating Kamehameha Day in Hawaii
In 1871 King Kamehameha V declared June 11 to be King Kamehameha Day to honor his great grandfather, King Kamehamehathe Great. Today King Kamehamea Day is one of the most important holidays in Hawaii.

See also:
- Rulers of the Hawaiian Kingdom
- The Hawaiian Royal Family

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