This statue of Kamehameha the Great stands in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Born: Between 1740 and 1758 Died: May 8, 1819
King Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great, was the head of a dynasty (a succession of rulers from the same family) that ruled the Hawaiian islands for more than a century. Legend has it that he was born at the time of the appearance of Halley's comet and that this was a sign that he would rise to greatness. The name Kamehameha (pronounced kuh-may-ha-may-ha) means "the one set apart."