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Battle at Kuamo'o

Not all were happy with the lifting of the kapu under the leadership of Liholiho, his mother Keopuolani and stepmother Ka'ahumanu. Among the disgruntled ali'i was Kekuaokalani, the son of Kamehameha's younger brother who was named second heir. Urged on by two powerful kahuna, Kuaiwa and Holoialena, Kekuaokalani refused the diplomatic efforts of Keopuolani and Hoapili who offered to respect Kekuaokalani's observance of the kapu as long as he returned to their community and accepted their leadership. Kekuaokalani chose to fight instead, traveling on foot from Ka'awaloa to Keahou to fight those loyal to Liholiho. At Kuamo'o the two sides fought their battle, both parties using Western firearms. Kukuaokalani and his wife Manono who fought beside him both died and Kuaiwa was seized at Kailua and killed. Those who escaped the battle at Kuamo'o were later pardoned by Liholiho. Hoapili fought the last armed resisters inland at Waimea where his efforts ended opposition to the breaking of the ancient kapu.

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