King Kamehameha III — Born on the Big Island

Take a drive through the Keauhou area of Kona and you might notice the name of King Kamehameha III on street signs and bronze plaques. That’s because this second son of Kamehameha the Great was born right here in Kona at Keauhou Bay.

After he rose to the throne following his brother’s death, Kamehameha III (1913 – 1854) became the longest reigning monarch in the Hawaiian Islands, ruling for 30 years. Notable accomplishments included introducing the first written constitution to the kingdom, and signing the Great Mahele law that redistributed lands between the government, king, ali‘i and commoners. He also uttered a phrase that today, is Hawai‘i’s state moto: “Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono,” which means, “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.”

Each year in March, the Kona community celebrates the birthday of this beloved ruler. This year’s lineup of events includes a Daughters of Hawai‘i tribute at his birth site at Keauhou Bay on March 16, followed by a cultural lecture at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa. On Saturday, March 17, the 12th annual Kamehameha III “Lani Kauikeaouli” concert will take place on the grounds of the resort, featuring hula and live music by Ho‘okena and other favorite local artists. And don’t miss Sam Choy’s Keauhou Poke Contest at the resort on Sunday, where you can sample some amazing variations on this Hawaiian pupu (appetizer) made with raw fish.

When you book a stay at our Big Island bed and breakfast, you’ll receive the royal treatment from the moment you enter our 30-acre coffee estate overlooking the Kona coast. We promise to treat you like a king (or queen)!!!

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