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Meet Amazing Americans Leaders & Statesmen King Kamehameha I
Hawaiian chief Kaneena
Kaneena, another Hawaiian tribal chief of the day

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A Boy Becomes a King
After a few years, King Alapai found out that the child had been saved and he allowed the young Kamehameha to return to court. By the 1780s, Kamehameha was an important chief. He served as an aide to his uncle, King Kalaniopuu, who died in 1782. At the time, the island of Hawaii (the largest of the islands that make up the state of Hawaii today) was divided between Kamehameha and King Kalaniopuu's son, Kiwalao. War broke out between supporters of the two men, and Kiwalao was killed. Kamehameha was victorious.

Kamehameha also won wars on the other Hawaiian islands, and by 1810, he had united all of the islands. Two of his sons succeeded him after his death in 1819. These sons became Kamehameha II and Kamehameha III.

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