- Rhoda E. A. Hackler
Kamehameha II ( November 1797–14 July 1824), second king in the Kamehameha line, was born Liholiho in Hilo, Hawaii, the son of Kamehameha the Great, king of the Hawaiian (or Sandwich) Islands, and Keopuolani, the king’s highest-ranking wife. Liholiho was brought up in his father’s court on the island of Hawaii. When the boy was five, his father declared him his successor, and from then on Liholiho was schooled in the traditional religious and political forms of Hawaiian rule. At nineteen he was described by several foreign visitors and sketched by Louis Choris, an artist aboard the Russian ship ...