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Chapter 12 – King Kamehameha V

After the death of Kamehameha IV, the Chief’s Council acted quickly. Lota Kapuāiwa, Prince Lot, the former king’s older brother, was named as Kamehameha V. The new king was as well educated as his brother and had traveled a good deal. His travels had taken him to California and to Great Britain. Kamehameha V was said to have been more Hawaiian-centered than his brother in his point of view. He even was in favor of bringing back some forms of Hawaiian culture such as the hula and the importance of kāhuna. In this way, Kamehameha V seemed more like his grandfather, Kamehameha I, than any other member of his family. In fact, he was thought of as the last great traditional chief.



Hula dancers photographed in the 1860s
Hula dancers in the 1800s
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