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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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Right off the main road.

Parking is available across the street between the public library and the store/restaurant. Behind the Veterans' memorial is the town's Police Station, restrooms and some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Parking is available across the street between the public library and the store/restaurant. Behind the Veterans' memorial is the town's Police Station, restrooms and some governmental buildings. The town is small, but cute.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This is the original (just like the replica in Honolulu) that was lost at sea and then recovered. Sometimes fresh leis adorn the statue. Not much else to see in town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

On your way to Pololu you need to stop to read the story and admire the king. The king's view cafe across the street is not worth the visit. Would I cross Big Island just to see the statue - probably not. But logical stop on your way in the north.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Nice stop for a couple of minutes. There is also a simple but nice memorial to the region's veterans.

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Buckley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This statue was cast in Italy in 1880 and was thought lost forever when the ship transporting it was shipwrecked near the Falkland Islands. It was recovered in 1912 and placed on it's current spot.

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Mooresville, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We stopped to take pictures with the original statue. Nice quick stop on the way to the overlook. The trees behind the statue are beautiful!! SO big and graceful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Having seen the one on O'ahu and the one in Washington DC, it was imperative that I see the original in Kapa'au. It was easy to find. There are signs on the highway to direct you. If you are traveling east on the highway, it will be on your right. Turn right into a driveway before the statue, and you... More 

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Santa Clara, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Very cool little town with lots of history. The King's statue is a site not to be missed. The visitor center behind it is full of local history, and has a big display in honor of local veterans.

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Waimea, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A wonderful charming "local" town that honors it's history. Great shops and smiling people to greet you. The drive there is also spectacular

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I loved the historical story of this sinking in a ship wreck, finding it and erecting it where King Kamehameha was born..just a small town.

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