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Unification of Hawaii
Kanaka Maoli flag
Flag supposedly flown by Kamehameha's forces.
Date 1782–1810
Location Hawaiian Islands
Result Kamehameha I Victory
Belligerents
Kingdom of Hawai'i Kingdom of Maui
Ka'u District
Kohala District
Hilo District
Kingdom of Kawaii
Kingdom of O'ahu
Commanders and leaders
Kamehameha I
Keli'imaika'i
Ke'eaumoku Papa'iahiahi
Keawe-a-Heulu
Kame'eiamoku
Kekūhaupiʻo
Nahili
Kamanawa
Keeaumoku II
Isaac Davis
John Young
Kiwala'o
Keoua Kuahuula
Keawemauhili
Kahekili II
Kalanikupule
Kamakahelei
Kaumuali'i
Kahahana


The Unification of Hawai'i (1782-1810) was a civil war in the Hawai'ian Islands over control of the entire island chain. At the time of European contact, the islands were divided amongst competing Ali'i, or high chiefs. The Island Hawai'i was divided into several districts, Moloka'i, Lana'i, and Kaho'olawe were united under Maui, O'ahu was independent, and Kawai'i ruled Ni'ihau. The feudal Ali'i often fought wars to gain land and mana, however the introduction of European weapons gave some Ali'i an advantage over others, and they began aggressively taking over their neighbors.

First the big island was consolidated by Kamehameha I after overthrowing his uncle for control of the Kona Hawaii. Meanwhile, the Kingdom of Maui invaded and conquered O'ahu. With Hawai'i united under his rule, Kamehameha eventually invaded Maui. Before he could successfully invade the last two remaining islands, the paramount Chief of Kawa'i, Kaumuali'i, negotiated a peace that submitted the islands to Hawai'ian rule.[1]

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  1. Rapp, Claudia (23 July 2004). A PARADISE LOST: MAPPING CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE FROM HAWAI’I. p. 259. http://d-nb.info/985197935/34. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
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