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American National Biography

Kamehameha I

Keoua had not been killed by the volcano, however, and still controlled half of the island of Hawaii. Uncertain what his next step should be, Kamehameha consulted a famous oracle on the island of Kauai. The oracle told him that if he wished to conquer all the island of Hawaii he must construct an enormous heiau at Puukohola, Kawaihae. After building the heiau, Kamehameha invited Keoua to visit it in 1791. During his visit, Keoua was speared by Keeaumoku, one of Kamehameha's allies, and most of Keoua's chiefs and warriors also were killed and sacrificed at the heiau.

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