4/24/2019 – Determining the Birth Date of Kauikeauoli

Determining the Birth Date of Kauikeauoli

Wednesday, April 24, 2019  •  7:00 pm

Kapiʻolani Community College, Kōpiko 127B/128

Presentation by Ralph Thomas Kam, Ph.D. and Ashlie Duarte-Smith

The Hawaiian Historical Society invites its members and friends to a presentation by Ralph Thomas Kam and Ashlie Duarte-Smith on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Kapiʻolani Community College, Kōpiko 127B/128, from 7:00 pm.  This presentation is free and open to the public.

Parking in Lot A is recommended, parking is free. The event is co-sponsored by the International Café at Kapiʻolani Community College.

The lead article in the current issue of The Hawaiian Journal of History, “Determining the Birth Date of Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III” addresses the variety of birth dates ascribed to Kauikeaouli and examines the history behind each variant. Authors Dr. Ralph Thomas Kam and Ashlie Duarte-Smith will present their research and findings. Dr. Kamʻs most recent book, Death Rites and Hawaiian Royalty: Funerary Practices in the Kamehameha and Kalakaua Dynasties, 1819-1953, will also be available for sale.

As Native Hawaiian historian, Davida Malo, noted, some of the most prominent events in Hawaiian history are shrouded in “obscurity and vagueness.” Such was the case for birth date of Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III. Join us to learn more about Kauikeaouliʻs birth date, the Hawaiian lunar calendar, and how historians evaluate the eyewitness accounts and memories left to us by people who wrote about his birth.