HWST 253: Kamehameha I and the Hawaiian Kingdom

Credits 3 Lecture Hours 3

Kamehameha I, also known as Paiʻea, Ka Naʻi Aupuni, and Kaiwakiloumoku is the most famous Hawaiian in history. This course will look at the rise to power of Kamehameha I, as he consolidated all of the islands under his control establishing the Hawaiian Kingdom. We will examine his genealogy and chiefly family relations including, his most famous exploits and battles, the olelo noʻeau (wise sayings) related to his life, and the cultural and political legacies he has left Hawaiʻi.

Course Outcomes
  • Identify important events and characters associated with the life and events of Kamehameha’s time.
  • Compare and contrast different ideas and values we see in the stories about Kamehameha.
  • Relate the life and events of Kamehameha’s time to contemporary events and issues.