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The Original King Kamehameha Statue

Highway 270, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #6 of 12 attractions in Waimea
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This statue designates the location of our King Kamehameha original home. It is low key, but well worth the visit if you are a culture buff. After the visit say in the area and enjoy some of the local cuisine. Friendly people.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This is an interesting quick stop and it has a nice bit of history marked on signs in the park. I enjoyed the brief time we spent here, and it's probably worth the 15-20 minutes we spent here (there are very nice shops across the street too).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

At first I thought it was a waste of time but then I read the history of how it was built in Paris and lost at sea and then found by a sea captain that "happened to know about the lost one", half a world away..... wow. Amazing that the statue is there. And it is impressive.

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Gurnee, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

It's the Original Statue set in a nice local town with fun shops and eateries nearby. A great photo Op!

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Atlanta, GA
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81 reviews 81 reviews
21 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Once we learned the history of the three Kamehameha statues, my husband and I were determined to visit all three. The first we saw was in Hilo, right off the main highway. Then we drove to Hawi where we saw statue #2 (although technically this is #1), and when we went back to Honolulu we went to see the third.... More

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Los Angeles, California
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16 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

... or that it exists! Can't believe I first learned about it through an episode of Hawaii 50 .. :) We had driven up to Hawi one day and knew it was there ... and, literally, it IS there ... right on the side of the road. Takes your breath away to see it!

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Portland, Oregon
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69 reviews 69 reviews
19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

On the north end of the Big Island past the artsy town of Hawi in the tiny burg of Kapa'au, stands the original 9 foot bronze King Kamehameha I statue right next to the highway. As stated by a previous reviewer, it was returned after sitting on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean near the Falkland Islands. This location was... More

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The story of this statue, which I read in a guidebook, rather captured my interest, so we thought that it was worth a photo stop here. The statue is right on the highway, beyond Hawi in the sleepy, charming little town of Kapa'au around the 23-24 mile marker. The story goes that the statue was on its way to stand... More

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New Jersey
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

On the road to the lookout, so a quick stop/photo op. Not too impressive, as its just off the road in front the building.

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Suffield, Connecticut
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

If you are in the area going to the Pololu Lookout or driving the route 250 mountain road this is worth a stop to read a little about King Kamehameha and take some photos. You can park across the street and there is a little cafe and Ackerman Galleries with some nice art and gifts to check out.

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