Outu is the phonetic English rendering of O Tū, Tū being the name, o the nominal predicate meaning that is. Older literature writes his family name as Tunuieaiteatua, which leaves incertainties about the proper pronunciation as Tahitian usually did (and does) not write macrons and glottals. Barring this incertainty, in the current proper orthography would be Tū-nui-ēa-i-te-atua meaning Great-Tū,-road-to-the-god. Tū (standing straight up) was a major Tahitian god. Ariitaimai claims that this Tū is a contraction of atua (god), but that is unlikely. The name Pōmare was adopted later. Pō-mare means night cougher, a nickname he took, as was common in that time, because his son coughed at night (see: Ariitaimai).
He was born at Pare, ca. 1743, second son of Teu Tunuieaiteatua by his wife, Tetupaia-i-Hauiri. He initially reigned under the regency of his father, 1743, and succeeded on the death of his father as Arii-rahi of Porionuu 23rd November 1802.
As king, Pōmare I succeeded in uniting the different chiefdoms of Tahiti into a single kingdom, composed of the islands of Tahiti itself, Moorea, Mehetia, and the Tetiaroa group. His service as the first king of unified Tahiti ended when he abdicated in 1791, but he remained the regent of Tahiti from 1791 until 1803.
He married 4 times and had two sons and three daughters.
He was succeeded by Tū Tūnuiʻēʻaiteatua Pōmare II, who reigned 1803-1821.
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