Primary Source Spotlight: King Kamehameha

King Kamehameha [statue], Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

From America’s Library:

Born: Between 1740 and 1758
Died: May 8, 1819

King Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great, was the head of a dynasty (a succession of rulers from the same family) that ruled the Hawaiian islands for more than a century. Legend has it that he was born at the time of the appearance of Halley’s comet and that this was a sign that he would rise to greatness. The name Kamehameha (pronounced kuh-may-ha-may-ha) means “the one set apart.”

More King Kamehameha stories from America’s Library

King Kamehameha image set

The Napoleon of the Pacific, Kamehameha the Great (1919)

A bill to establish the Kamehameha the Great National Monument in the State of Hawaii

Kamehameha: King Kamehameha’s Favorite Melody (song recording)

Later King Kamehameha historical newspaper coverage