Written by Ellie Crowe
Illustrated by Don Robinson
Winner of the Hawai‘i Visitors & Convention Bureau - Keep It Hawai‘i Kahili Award 2004
A comet lights up the clear Hawaiian sky, marking the birth of a king prophesied to unite the Hawaiian islands. But the baby is spirited into hiding to escape hostile chiefs who fear the child and his destiny.
So begins the dramatic life of Kamehameha, the great monarch renowned for conquering the Hawaiian islands but whose deeds as king often overshadow the incredible story of his journey to manhood.
Kamehameha’s life was an astonishing blend of Moses, King Arthur, and Greek drama and his story is an adventure that appeals to readers of all ages. Author Ellie Crowe captures all of the tension, danger, and triumph of this saga, aided by the rich and vivid illustrations of artist Don Robinson.
Kamehameha seemed destined for greatness from the start, but the road to glory is paved with peril and adventure. Young readers will follow the infant Kamehameha into a lonely childhood spent hiding from the jealous and fearful chiefs who marked him for death.
They will watch him grow into a formidable young warrior and share his thrill and excitement as he tastes his first battle. And they will marvel at his strength and courage as he moves the massive, sacred Naha stone, a feat that confirms his eventual destiny as the conqueror of all Hawaii.
Hardcover: 14 pages
Reading level: Ages 9-12