Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Fort Kamehameha, Hawaii-- Part 1: Built to Protect Pearl Harbor
In the last post I mentioned that George Stevens of Shasta County, California, is the lone remaining Pearl Harbor survivor. He was stationed at Fort Kamehameha in Hawaii during the attack. I'd never heard of this installation so looked it up.
The fort was a U.S. Army base with several coastal artillery batteries set up to defend Pearl Harbor.
In the early 1900s, Secretary of War William Howard Taft headed up a group to review coastal fortifications and decided on this location. It was originally named Fort Upton, but local citizens objected and it was renamed to honor King Kamehameha, the first king of the unified Hawaiian Islands.
The fort consisted of eight batteries built at different times.