Kamehameha I, ca. 1758 – May 8, 1819), also known as Kamehameha the Great, conquered the Hawaiian Islands and formally established the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi in 1810. Born at Kapakai Kokoiki Heiau, Kohala, Hawaiʻi (Big) Island. Hawaiian legends claimed that a great king would one day unite the islands, and that the sign of his birth would be a comet. Halley's comet was visible from Hawaiʻi in 1758 and it is likely Kamehameha was born shortly after its appearance.
In Ancient Hawai’i - a period from the Polynesian settlement in 600 AD until Kamehameha’s monarchy in 1810 – an extensive kapu system governed the islands. Kapu, roughly translated as “forbidden,” consisted of a series of laws that dictated daily life. Common men could not tread on royal ground. No one was allowed to step in the shadow of the chief. Women were forbidden from eating particularly phallic-looking bananas. The punishment for breaking these mandates? Death as human sacrifice…
Naha Stone at the Hilo Public Library. According to legend, Kamehameha lifted the 5,000-pound stone at age 14, and was the only person to ever lift it. The legend that goes with this particular stone is that the man who lifted it was the prophesied warrior who would unite all of the islands. The Naha Stone now rests in front of the Hilo Public Library on the island of Hawaiʻi.
Hilo was King Kamehameha I's first seat of government and this statue, dedicated in 1997 at Wailoa State Park, is the tallest of the four statues at 14 feet. Have you visited any of the statues? http://www.gohawaii.com/statewide/guidebook/king-kamehameha #gohawaii