We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Original King Kamehameha Statue

Highway 270, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI
Improve this listing
Ranked #5 of 12 attractions in Waimea
Type: Monuments/ Statues
17 visitor photos
Write a Review

73 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    23
    31
    16
    3
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We drove north from Kona to see the historic sites, we wanted to see where the residents of HI live and historic places, not the tourist high rates attractions. We stop in a small welcome center with post cards at very reasonable prices and a charming lady welcome us and took the time to tell us the story of Kamehameha... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
52 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Few people make it all the way up here so it is worth it to pull over and snap a picture of the true king statue. While you are here, go to the cafe across the street for some pizza.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Berryville, Arkansas
Top Contributor
233 reviews 233 reviews
53 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

It seems like there is a statue on every island. All the tour guides did have a little different twist in the statues and there us a difference in the amount of gold cape and clothing so I guess it's worth seeing all the different perspectives. Enjoyed everything but the stories from island to island are really good.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Saint Charles, Missouri
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We drove past this on our way around the Big Island. It's located in a quaint town w/ a few artist shops. Seriously, if you blink, you'll drive right through town. The statue is a piece of Hawaiian history and provides a nice backdrop for a family photo. If you're driving on the north side of the Big Island, take... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Honolulu, Hawaii
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
California
Top Contributor
203 reviews 203 reviews
65 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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).

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Gurnee, Illinois
Contributor
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Atlanta, GA
Top Contributor
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed The Original King Kamehameha Statue also viewed

Waimea, Island of Hawaii
Waimea, Island of Hawaii
 
Waimea, Island of Hawaii
 

Been to The Original King Kamehameha Statue? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Original King Kamehameha Statue, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing