Kamehameha I

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Kamehameha I (“the one set apart,” his adopted name) (b. Paiea)

(?1758–1819) Hawaiian unifier and king; born on Kohala, District of Hawaii, then known as the Sandwich Islands. Following the death of the chief of Hawaii, his uncle Kalaniopu'u (1782), Kamehameha conquered the island. After other victories on Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and the other islands, he formed the Kingdom of Hawaii by 1810. He stimulated Hawaiian trade but kept intact the customs and the religion of his people. Hawaii placed his statue in the U.S. Capitol.
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Very soon the news will be spread through the world that the bones of King Kamehameha the Great have finally been discovered.
After his victory in Iao Valley, Kamehameha the Great performed a human sacrifice here--the stepdaughter of his defeated rival--to confirm his authority over the island.