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Map of Hawaii from 1912
Kamehameha unified the Hawaiian islands

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A Boy Becomes a King
Hawaii is the only state in America that was once ruled by a king who was also a native. The most famous of these kings was Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great. Shortly after Kamehameha was born, a priest warned his grandfather, King Alapai, of the birth of a "rebel infant" who would be a slayer of chiefs. Taking the priest's advice, the King ordered that his grandchild be killed upon birth. Instead, priests hid the King's grandson, the infant Kamehameha, in a cave, and he was raised in secret by a childless couple.
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