The Court of King Kamehameha I Director: James Bell
Within the past year, the island of Hawai’i has seen the death of a king, a civil war, and the rise to prominence of a man whose ascent to the throne had been foretold in a prophecy. This man’s name is Kamehameha, translated from Hawai’ian to mean “the Lonely One.” His name seems fitting as over the past year Kamehameha has truly made himself a man without peer on Hawai’i. He succeeded his uncle to become the Ali’i Aimoku (Great Chief) of the island, and was the first to assert complete control over Hawai’i since the first arrival of Europeans in 1778. Kamehameha is ambitious and sees now as a time of great change for the archipelago, a change that he intends to capitalize on. As he looks westward towards further conquest to cement his dynastic legacy, Kamehameha has assembled a court of his family, friends, and allies to advise his government and help him create a kingdom without precedent in the northern reaches of Polynesia. The fledgling Kamehameha Dynasty faces issues ranging from war, to cultural change, to relations with European arrivals from the East, and it is up to Kamehameha’s court to navigate the uncharted waters that the kingdom will doubtlessly find itself in. Welcome to the kingdom! Aloha i ke Kaumoku’āina!