The First King: Kamehameha's Council of Chiefs

Background Guide will be released in January 2021.

Contact: kamehameha@ucbmun.org



The year is 1782, and the ali'i nui of Hawai'i, Kalani'ōpu'u, has passed away. His throne has been succeeded by his son, Kīwala'ō, who has solidified control of the island with the help of his half–brother Keōua Kū'ahu'ula, as well as his uncle, Keawemauhili. Despite granting his kingdom to his son, Kalani'ōpu'u named his nephew Kamehameha as the Guardian of Kūka'ilimoku, the god of war. Kamehameha has risen to prominence as a result of his new role, and his accomplishment of moving the Naha stoūe has not gone unnoticed. According to Hawaiian prophecy, an individual who moves the Naha stone will be able to rule all of Hawai'i. Kamehameha's fame and ambition has attracted significant attention and strained his relationship with King Kīwala'ō. The Council of Chiefs are Kamehameha's most trusted advisors, a collection of leaders, family, and foreigners invested in the success of the young warrior. It is up to each member of the Council to advise Kamehameha as he seeks to challenge for the title of ali'i nui, not only on the island of Hawai'i, but for the entirety of the Hawaiian islands.


Gamin Kim

Chair

Hello Delegates,

My name is Gamin Kim and I am honored to be your Chair for The First King: Kamehameha's Council of Chiefs at UCBMUN XXV. I am a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science and minoring in Data Science. This is my third year on the circuit, and I have previously served as a Vice Chair for one of the crisis committees for UCBMUN XXIII and the Chief of Staff Internal for UCBMUN XXIV. Other than UCBMUN, I am also involved in research on campus and Delta Phi Epsilon, the foreign–service professional fraternity. I love cooking, hiking, and listening to podcasts when I'm not busy with coursework. Kai and I cannot wait to see what will happen in committee and are looking forward to witnessing the Council of Chief's plans for the future of the Hawaiian islands. The history of Hawaii is largely overlooked, and I hope you will learn more about it with me by researching before coming to UCBMUN XXV and by being part of this committee this February.

Warmly,
Gamin Kim
Chair, The First King: Kamehameha's Council of Chiefs

Kai Smith

Crisis Director

Hello Delegates,

My name is Kai Smith and I am excited to be your Crisis Director for The First King: Kamehameha's Council of Chiefs at UCBMUN XXV. The islands of Hawai'i are well known for their tourism and coffee, but behind the beautiful appearance lies a history of warfare and struggle. I'm excited to see how you all balance conquest and culture while trying to transform the young warrior Kamehameha into Hawaii's first king. Outside of MUN, I am studying Chemistry and Bioengineering while also balancing outreach work in Oakland targeted at students of underprivileged communities interested in STEM. In my free time, I enjoy reading fantasy novels, playing animal crossing, and metalsmithing. I am looking forward to a fast paced committee that combines the rich culture of Hawai'i with ingenuity and purpose.

Yours,
Kai Smith
Crisis Director, The First King: Kamehameha's Council of Chiefs