King Kamehameha III
Son of Kamehameha I & Keopuolani,
Prince Kauikeaouli succeeded the throne from his
brother, King Kamehameha II on June 6, 1825 and became known as King Kamehameha III.
In the 1830's problems grew very quickly because of the increased settlement of foreigners, so the king created and enacted the Constitutional Laws of the Hawaiian Kingdom and further established treaties with other countries
In 1839,the king knew that if he did not have any children, he would have no successor, so he also created a law whereby the sovereignty of the islands after the passing of the Kamehamehas or if there were no successors appointed for the throne, there was to be an elected monarchy of the highest ranking chiefs of the realm. He built the Royal Boarding School, groomed the young chiefs and made them officially eligible for the throne.
In 1846, King Kamehameha III established the Great Mahele and distributed the lands of Hawaii. He set aside private lands for him, the crown, the kingdom, and the chiefs, land was also sold to commoners and foreigners.
King Kamehameha III had one child with his cousin, Jane Lahilahi, who was Albert Edward Kunuiakea, although he was not named heir or eligible to the throne because he was illegitimate. Albert lived until 1903.
King Kamehameha III married Kalama on February 14, 1837 with no surviving children, he adopted his nephew, Prince Alexander Liholiho and claimed him heir to the throne. Kamehameha III died on December 15, 1854 and Prince Alexander Liholiho became king.
King Kamehameha III and Queen Kalama with thier nephews, Prince Alexander Liholiho, Prince Lot Kapuaiwa and niece Princess Victoria Kamamalu