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Kamehameha III
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King of the Hawaiian Islands (more...)
Reign June 6, 1825 – December 15, 1854
Predecessor Kamehameha II
Successor Kamehameha IV
Kuhina Nui Kaʻahumanu I
Kaʻahumanu II
Kaʻahumanu III
Keoni Ana
Born (1814-03-17)March 17, 1814
Keauhou Bay at North Kona, Hawaiʻi island
Died December 15, 1854(1854-12-15) (aged 40)
Hoihoikeʻea, Honolulu, Oʻahu
Burial (1855-01-10)January 10, 1855
Mauna ʻAla Royal Mausoleum
Spouse Kalama
Issue Keaweaweʻulaokalani I
Keaweaweʻulaokalani II
Kīwalaʻō (illegitimate)
Albert Kūnuiākea (illegitimate)
Kamehameha IV (hānai)
Kaʻiminaʻauao (hānai)
Full name
Keaweaweʻula Kīwalaʻō Kauikeaouli Kaleiopapa Kalani Waiakua Kalanikau Iokikilo Kīwalaʻō i ke kapu Kamehameha
House Kamehameha
Father Kamehameha I
Mother Keōpūolani
Signature Kamehameha III's signature

Kamehameha III (born Kauikeaouli) (March 17, 1814 – December 15, 1854) was the third king of the Kingdom of Hawaii from 1825 to 1854. His full Hawaiian name is Keaweaweʻula Kīwalaʻō Kauikeaouli Kaleiopapa and then lengthened to Keaweaweʻula Kīwalaʻō Kauikeaouli Kaleiopapa Kalani Waiakua Kalanikau Iokikilo Kīwalaʻō i ke kapu Kamehameha when he ascended the throne.

Under his reign, Hawaii evolved from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy with the signing of both the 1840 Constitution, which was the first Hawaiian Language Constitution, and the 1852 Constitution. He was the longest reigning monarch in the history of the Kingdom, ruling for 29 years and 192 days, although in the early part of his reign he was under a regency by Queen Kaʻahumanu and later by Kaʻahumanu II. His goal was the careful balancing of modernization by adopting Western ways, while keeping his nation intact.

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