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The Original King Kamehameha Statue

Highway 270, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Waimea
Type: Monuments/ Statues
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Harrah, OK
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A very nice drive..actually we biked there!,,around to Hawi & the original statue, which was lost at sea & recovered at a later date & brought to the Big Island. It was a very pleasant spot for a picnic & just relaxing under the trees.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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32 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

A lot easier then going to the one on Oahu just a nice drive up to Hawi. It is in a small park. Quite a striking statue just like the replacement one on Oahu.

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The statue was large and bold, backed by the American and Hawai'ian flags. The statue sits near a small park, complete with picnic tables and shade. My family and I ate lunch there, and were able to look at and appreciate the original statue of King Kamahemeha. There are shops and cafes all around the little parkette. The building behind... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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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

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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59 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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.

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Berryville, Arkansas
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56 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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.

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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23 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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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.

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California
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65 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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).

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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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