Son of King Kamehameha I & Keopuolani succeeding the throne from his father on May 20, 1819, taking the title of Kamehameha II. He overthrew the old kapu and allowed men & women to eat together and announced to destroy the old heiau temples and the overthrow of ancient idols
He married his sister Princess Kamamalu, but they had no children. He had gone to England for the good of his country, but unfortunately died there on July 14, 1824 together with his Queen, Kamamalu who died on July 8, 1824. King George IV, then reigning over Great Britain had their bodies conveyed to the islands by Captain Lord Byron.
His brother, Prince Kauikeaouli succeded him and became King Kamehameha III.
The bust Figure of King Kamehameha II by the British Monarch
The bust figure of King Kamehameha II was given from King George IV of England when King Kamehameha II died on July 14, 1824 while on his state visit in London with his Queen Kamamalu. The British crown bought the lavish coffins and made the bust according to English royal tradition at funeral services. The bust was later donated to the the Bishop Museum by High Chiefess Elizabeth Keka`aniau La`anui Pratt in 1897.