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Kamehameha the Great

By Julie Stewart Williams

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Book Id: WPLBN0002096866
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Reproduction Date: 8/2/2011

Title: Kamehameha the Great  
Author: Julie Stewart Williams
Language: English
Subject: Non Fiction, History of America, Hawaiian History
Collections: Biographies, Special Collection Scholastic History, Business Management, Authors Community, Leadership, Social Psychology, Management, Finance, Sociology, Literature, Favorites in India, Social Sciences, Language, Most Popular Books in China, History, Education
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Publisher: Kamehameha Schools Press
Member Page: Hale Kuamoʻo Hawaiian Language Center


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Stewart Williams, B. J. (1993). Kamehameha the Great. Retrieved from

This book is one of a series originally written by faculty in a Kamehameha reading program. The books were designed to increase students’ reading skills and their knowledge of Hawaiian history and culture by focusing on topics such as the Hawaiian monarchy. Some of these books have been translated from their original English into Hawaiian through the efforts of the staff of the Kamehameha Schools Hawaiian Studies Institute. We are pleased at the reception both the English and the Hawaiian editions have received from educational and general audiences.

Kamehameha was born in secret and buried in secret. In between he lived a very public life of action, courage, wisdom and justice. He brought together the smaller separate island chiefdoms, uniting them into one great Hawaiian nation. Under his later leadership people lived peaceful and productive lives. Kamehameha the Great was written to tell young readers about the first ruler of all Hawai?i. It is based upon traditional and historical sources including writings by people who lived at that time and oral histories handed down over the last two centuries. Many questions remain and historical debate continues concerning specific events of Kamehameha’s life. No one now or in the future will ever know all the true details. This version contains selected highlights of commonly accepted accounts portraying events and personal characteristics which helped Kamehameha become known as the greatest of all Hawaiians.


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