3. PREDICT: What do you think will happen to Kiwala’o and Kamehameha now?
Kamehameha returned to his home district of Kohala, and he was there when Kalani’opu’u died in 1782. Kiwala’o took the stripped bones of his father to be placed with the remains of other ali`i in the royal burial house, Hale o Keawe, at Honaunau on the west coast of Hawai’i. Kamehameha and several of his fellow chiefs from western Hawai’i followed and settled watched at Kealakekua. The rivals met to drink awa and mourn the death of Kalani’opu’u, but this was only ritual politeness. The heart of the matter was in the redistribution (deciding who was to get the lands) of lands which always took place after the death of an important chief. Kiwala’o’s uncle Keawema’uhili took affairs into his own hands and made a division of land taking away land from Kamehameha and the western chiefs. Then Keoua, the younger brother of Kiwala’o, dressed himself for war and attacked Kamehameha’s men. The sovereignty (who would be the ali`i nui) of the island of Hawai’i was at stake, and some of Kamehameha’s allies left him for the more powerful party of Kiwala’o, Keoua, and Keawema’uhili.
4. _____________________________ died in 1782.
5. What did Keawema’uhili do after the death of Kalani’opu’u? Why did he do this?