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A list of key readings about Kamehameha I.
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  • Paul D'Arcy, "Warfare and State Formation in Hawaii: The Limits on Violence as a Means of Political Consolidation." The Journal of Pacific History 38, No. 1 (June 2003): 29-52.
Visiting Fellow at the division of Pacific and Asian History in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies of the Australian National University.


  • Harold W. Bradley, The American Frontier in Hawaii: The Pioneers, 1789-1843 (Stanford 1942).\: Ralph S.Kuykendall, The Hawaiian Kingdom, 1778-1854: Foundation and Transformation. (1938)
  • Gavan Daws, Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands. (1968) (chapter on Kamehameha)
  • Herbert H. Gowen, Napoleon of the Pacific: Kamehameha the Great. (1919)
  • Jean Hobbs, Hawaii: A Pageant of the Soil. (Stanford, 1935).
  • Edward Joesting. Hawaii: An Uncommon History. New York: 1972.
  • Patrick V. Kirch and Marshall Sahlins. Anahulu: The Anthropology of History in the Kingdom of Hawaii. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992.
  • Theodore Morgan, Hawaii: A Century of Economic Change 1778-1876. (Cambridge, Mass. 1948).
  • James T. Pole, Hawaii's First King. (1959)
  • Marshall Sahlins Historical Metaphors and Mythical Realities: Structure in the Early History of the Sandwich Island Kingdom. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1981.