Keoua accepted the ominous (dangerous) meeting. His preparations showed that he suspected Kamehameha might kill him. He gathered all his feather cloaks and helmets and chose his “companions in death,” chiefs of high rank and old friends. Twenty-six men sailed with him on his double canoe to Kawaihae. They came around the point into the bay to find the war canoes of Kamehameha waiting for him. Riding in a crescent with his army on the beach with their cannon and muskets. Keouacould see the storm clouds flying. Kamehameha’s lieutenant Ke’eaumoku--the killer of Kiwala’o--advanced with a party of armed men to surround Keoua’s canoe when it came ashore. Keoua called, “Here I am!” and Kamehameha answered, “Stand up and come forward that we may greet each other.” Keoua stepped down from his canoe and Ke’eaumoku sank a spear into him that wounded him fatally. Kamehameha’s warriors on shore fired their muskets and all but two of Keoua’s companions joined him in death. Keoua’s body was carried to Pu’ukohola and placed in sacrifice on the altar of Kamehameha’s heiau there. Keoua’s people mourned him by saying “The rain drives down from the cliffs above, the tears for my chief drop down on the heads of the people.” Kamehameha did not weep he was finally lord of the island of Hawai’i.
6. What did Keoua suspect about Kamehameha?
7. What evidence in the passage shows Keoua doing something about his suspicions?
8. Why do you think Kamehameha offered Keoua as a sacrifice?