DEAD: Kamehameha

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Kamehameha I (aged 82–83)
Established the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi

Kamehameha I (c. 1736? – May 8 or 14, 1819 ), also known as Kamehameha the Great (full Hawaiian name: Kalani Paiʻea Wohi o Kaleikini Kealiʻikui Kamehameha o ʻIolani i Kaiwikapu kauʻi Ka Liholiho Kūnuiākea), was the founder and first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii. A statue of him was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, D.C. by the state of Hawaii as one of two statues it is entitled to give.

DEATH: When Kamehameha died on May 8 or 14, 1819, his body was hidden by his trusted friends, Hoapiliand Hoʻolulu, in the ancient custom called hūnākele(literally, “to hide in secret”). The mana, or power of a person, was considered to be sacred. As per the ancient custom, his body was buried in a hidden location because of his mana. His final resting place remains unknown. At one point in his reign, Kamehameha III asked that Hoapili show him where his father’s bones were buried, but on the way there Hoapili knew that they were being followed, so he turned around.

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