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Meet Amazing Americans Leaders & Statesmen King Kamehameha I
 
King Kamehameha on a litter poster
Hawaiians still respect the memory of Kamehameha. His image has been invoked to get people to have pride in their land

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King of All Hawaii
Kamehameha maintained Hawaii's harsh system of laws, called kapu, but he also established another system to protect his people. It was called mamalahoe kanawai, or the "Law of the Splintered Paddle." This law protected the common people from the brutality of other chiefs. The King also outlawed a cruel ritual that was practiced at the time. Do you know what it was?

The ritual was human sacrifice and it was performed in Hawaii to honor the king by increasing his mana, or sacred power. Kamehameha I is considered to be Hawaii's strongest ruler and truly deserving of the title Kamehameha the Great.

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