Friday November 1, 2019

GRAND ADVENTURE By: ANNA MARIE MATEESCU O`AHU known as “The Gathering Place”, is the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands. It is home to roughly one million people, about two-thirds of the population of the state. The capital, Honolulu, is on O`ahu’s southeast coast. Including small associated islands such as Ford Island and the islands in Kāne`ohe Bay and off the eastern (windward) coast, its area is 596.7 square miles (1,545.4 km2), making it the 20thlargest island in the United States. The island has been inhabited since at least the 3rd century A.D.[6] The 304-year-old Kingdom of O`ahu was once ruled by the most ancient Ali`i in all of the Hawaiian Islands. The first great king of O`ahu was Ma`ilikūkahi, the lawmaker, who was followed by many generations of monarchs. Kuali`i was the first of the warlike kings and so were his sons. In 1773, the throne fell upon Kahahana, the son of Elani of Ewa. In 1783, Kahekili II, King of Maui, conquered O`ahu and deposed the reigning family and then made his son, Kalanikūpule, king of O`ahu. Kamehameha the Great would conquer, in the mountains, Kalanikūpule’s force in the Battle of Nu`uanu. Kamehameha founded the Kingdom of Hawai`i with the conquest of O`ahu in 1795. Hawai`i would not be unified until the islands of Kaua`i and Ni`ihau surrendered under King Kaumuali`i in 1810. Kamehameha III moved his capital from Lāhainā, Maui to Honolulu, O`ahu in 1845. `Iolani Palace, built later by other members of the royal family, is still standing, and is the only royal palace on American soil. Semicircular Hanauma Bay, located on Oahu’s windward coast, it is a spectacular tropical paradise that sports a half-mile of perfect white-sand beach backed by exotic palm trees. Once a favorite fishing spot for Hawaiian royalty, this...... Read more on Full Issue!

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