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The Original King Kamehameha Statue

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Address: Highway 270, Actually in Kapa'au, HI, Not Waimea, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96755
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It's worth the stop to pay your respects or just a photo

This famous statue is found in Kapa'au. It's just past Hawi. If you are going to Pololu Valley (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) you will drive through a very small town. Don't blink or you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 12, 2015
Alliston, Canada
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Nice statute but even better is memorial to the soldiers who served our country. It made an easy stop when we were on our way from Pololu Outlook. Great ice cream across the street!

Thank Robyn B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Those who come to the Big Island must make this a stop. Hawi and Kapaau are very friendly towns with plenty to see. The King Kamahamaha statue is not only impressive it also gives one insight into the real history of the Big Island.

Thank BigIslandMan
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

Ok there is an interesting story behind it but only go if you are driving passed on your way to somewhere else. If you do drive passed though you must stop to look at it, it is great!

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

On the North shore of the Big Island, you can see the original King Kamehameha Statue that "sunk" in a terrible storm but was later recovered. The roadside stop is a pretty little stop and a great place to get a good, close up picture of the famous statue that has a twin in Honolulu.

Thank Lorna Y
Alliston, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

This famous statue is found in Kapa'au. It's just past Hawi. If you are going to Pololu Valley (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) you will drive through a very small town. Don't blink or you will miss the statue. It's across from the King's View Restaurant. Please be respectful. The statue is much more than a statue to the people of Hawaii. Also,... More 

Thank sixthcents
Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Take Hwy 270 over the mountain from Waimea to the coast, turn right (east), and you'll see the statue in front of the community center. There are some tourist shops in the area but little else. Personally, I liked the King Kamehameha statue in Hilo better because it is easier to find and photograph.

Thank LBlank-SalinasCA
Elk Grove, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

This is the original statue of King Kamehameha and is a nice stop for pictures on the way to the Pololu Valley lookout point. There are cute shops you pass by on the way to see this. Food is right across the street where one can park.

Thank smlworldtraveler
Gingoog City, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

This statue stands out guarding the government of Hawaii. It is beautiful and has a lot of meaning. Worth seeing even if just driving by. Remember this state is one that had a King and Royal family as it was brought into the US as a territory and then a state just before Alaska

Thank Luke T
New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Be sure to stop at this statue in Kapa'au on your way to the Pololu Valley lookout. A good photo op and interesting story behind this statue. It was originally destined for Honolulu, but lost at sea in 1880. Rediscovered on the Falkland Islands in 1912, it was purchased and placed in Kapa’au near where Kamehamha was born.

Thank Bill C
Paradise, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We stopped here for a short visit and then drove up the road to the end. Read the history behind how this statue was lovingly restored. Lovely park!

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