June 11: King Kamehameha Day

King Kamehameha I (also known as Kamehameha the Great) was the man who united the Hawaiian Islands and created the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. Although his conquest and reign was not without controversy, he is known today as the originator of the Law of the Splintered Paddle (also called Mamalahoe Kanawai), which stated that women, children, and the elderly should be considered noncombatants and not harmed during any battle.

His full name is:

Kalani Paiʻea Wohi o Kaleikini Kealiʻikui
Kamehameha o ʻIolani
i Kaiwikapu kaui Ka Liholiho Kūnuiākea

Try saying that three times fast!

“Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come.”

Song of Songs 2:12a


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