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Keauhou in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)

Birthplace of Kauikeaouli

Kamahameha III


— 1814 - 1854 —

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By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2017
1. Birthplace of Kauikeaouli Marker
Photo caption: Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III
Inscription.  Kauikeaouli, the second son of Kamehameha I and Keōpūolani, was born within this enclosure. Stillborn, he was cleansed in the water of Ka'opa Spring at the edge of the bay and revived as he laid upon the large rock to the left.

Hawai'i's longest reigning monarch, Kauikeaouli was proclaimed king in 1825 when his older brother, Kamehameha II, died of measles, while in London. Since he was so young, Kauikeaouli shared the early years of his reign under a regency with Ka'ahumanu, his father's favorite queen. and later after her death with Kina'u, the dowager queen and his half sister.

Kamehameha III ruled during a time of great transition in Hawai'i with ever increasing pressure from foreign conflicts and the arrival of diseases that decimated Native Hawaiians. He believed that education was the key to the survival of his people. By the end of this 30-year reign, Hawai'i was one of the most literate nations in the world.

He uttered the phrase that eventually became Hawai'i's motto:Ua mau ke ea o ka āina i ka pono - The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness. During his reign the
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 24, 2017
2. Birthplace of Kauikeaouli Marker
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Kingdom of Hawai'i achieved diplomatic recognition, a constitution was developed, the tax system was reformed and a legal basis for land ownership was instituted.

In the words of his successor, Kamehameha IV, "The age of Kamehameha III was that of progress and liberty - of schools and of civilization. He gave us a Constitution and fixed laws; he secured the people in the title to their lands, and removed the last chain of oppression. He gave them a voice in his councils and in the making of the laws by which they are governed."

The Daughter's of Hawai'i and Kamehameha Investment Corporation e mālama i kēia may 'āina lei ali'i (care of these crown lands). Your respect helps conserve this important historic site of future generations.
Erected by Daughters of Hawai'i and Kamehameha Investment Corporation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationGovernment & Politics. A significant historical year for this entry is 1825.
Location. 19° 33.696′ N, 155° 57.712′ W. Marker is in Keauhou, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker is on Kaleiopapa Street near Ehukai Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 78-7138 Kaleiopapa Street, Keauhou HI 96739, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III (here, next to this marker);
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Keauhou Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Kauikeaouli and Nāhi'ena'ena (within shouting distance of this marker); The Kamehameha Dynasty (within shouting distance of this marker); Royal Center at Keauhou Bay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Keauhou - Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor (approx. half a mile away); Inikiwai Ku'ula Heiau (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lonoikamakahiki Residence (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keauhou.
More about this marker. This marker is opposite the Keauhou Harbor parking lot.

This marker is on the Keauhou-Kahalu'u Heritage Corridor.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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