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Honoring King Kamehameha III in Keauhou

Photography by David O. Baldwin | Special to Hawaii 24/7

Karin Stanton | Hawaii 24/7 Editor

The Daughters of Hawaii, the Royal Order of Kamehameha, and Kamehameha Investment Corporation officials gathered Thursday morning for a special tribute to King Kamehameha III at his Keauhou Bay birthsite.

This weekend, the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort hosts events celebrating the birthday of Kamehameha III.

Events continue at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa:

Friday (March 18) A Puana Ka Ike (Imparting Knowledge) lecture by David Keanu Sai, “1893 Overthrow Settled Executive Agreement,” at the resort’s Bay View meeting rooms. Because of the capacity of the meeting rooms, seating is limited to 170 people.

Saturday (March 19) A free concert featuring many Hawaii entertainers will be held from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on the resort’s lawn. A free concert trolley will run throughout the evening with pick up at Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort, Keauhou Shopping Center near Longs Drugs and Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa. Beach chairs and mats are welcome. Coolers are not allowed.

Kamehameha III reigned as Hawaii’s king from 1825 until his death in 1854. His birth name was Keaweaweula Kiwalao Kauikeaouli Kaleiopapa, but became Keaweaweula Kiwalao Kauikeaouli Kaleiopapa Kalani Waiakua Kalanikau Iokikilo Kiwalao i ke kapu Kamehameha when he took the throne.

Born in 1813 at Keauhou Bay, he was the second son of King Kamehameha I and Queen Keopuolani of Maui. Kauikeaouli was about 16 years younger than his brother Liholiho, who ruled as Kamehameha II starting in 1819.

He appeared to be delivered stillborn, but a tribal elder declared the baby would live. Kauikeaouli was cleansed, laid on a rock, fanned, prayed over and sprinkled with water until he breathed, moved and cried.

That rock is preserved as a monument at Keauhou Bay.

According to legend, Kamehameha III chose to celebrate his birthday March 17 in honor of his admiration for Saint Patrick of Ireland.

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