King Kamehameha – Simply Hawaiian
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King Kamehameha

King Kamehameha Day - June 11

Kamehameha the Great was the monarch of Hawaii between 1782 and 1819. He is well-known and respected for uniting and establishing the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. Known to be the greatest ruler in Hawaiian history, King Kamehameha the Great is larger than life both literally and figuratively. Born on the island of Hawaii, his size was one of his greatest assets, standing 7 feet tall and weighing more than 300 pounds. Kamehameha Day is held in his honor on June 11 each year.

What does Kamehameha mean?
"the very lonely one" or "the one set apart" in Hawaiian language). Also, Kamehameha means "Turtle Destruction Wave" in Japanese. So, despite the literal translation in Japanese "Turtle Destruction Wave", Kamehameha is also a name of a Hawaiian king: Kamehameha I (Hawaiian pronunciation: [kəmehəˈmɛhə]; c.