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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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King Kamehameha I statue & birthplace

We've visited the statue in Hawi several times, also enjoying the drive up through the Kohala area. It's lovely up in the north part of the island but it can rain a lot. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We've visited the statue in Hawi several times, also enjoying the drive up through the Kohala area. It's lovely up in the north part of the island but it can rain a lot. The statue is easy to find, on the right after you drive through Hawi. We also wanted to find the birthplace of King Kamehameha I. After much... More 

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Kamehameha the Great, also called Kamehameha I, was the unifier of the Hawaiian Islands. He was born 1753 (approximately) somewhere near Kapa'au in North Kohala. This is the original statue of him, which was lost at sea in 1883 near the Falkland Islands (enroute from Paris where it was cast). It was originally commissioned by the Hawaiian Legislature in 1878... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This Kamehameha (I) is not the one who united the Islands (III). The museum or whatever was closed, but they had a fair number of exhibits outside on the veranda on two sides. I especially enjoyed the local war veterans section, organized by war. Lots of Japanese name, so I assume that the town was a sugar cane center.

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Issaquah, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I couldn't imagine not trying to see this original statue if it was not too much out of my way while on the Big Island. It is fascinating to hear the story of how it was lost and found. I look forward to seeing the replica in person on Oahu someday. The towns up north have a lot to offer... More 

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Just a quick stop by to know where it was and hear a bit about his upbringing there. Was located in front of another building, but the statue faced the main road.

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Holly, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

of course you want to see this, but do not stop there! keep going north to the northern most tip. shocking view, beautiful winding road. Read up on the history of King Kamehameha! He was a pretty tough guy!

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Winchester, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We were driving and sightseeing for the day so stopped here. located in a quaint area. Only visit if driving nearby.

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Pelham, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

There is a newer and prettier statue in Hilo. This one wasn't bad but it's a bit of a ways off the beaten path. We arrived just as it was getting dark and only had a few minutes to check it out.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

The Statue is impressive and has a lot of significance to the Hawaiian people. It is rather impressive and worth a look if driving past.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We visited the small town of Kapaau and saw the original of the three King Kamehameha Statues, commissioned in 1788 in Paris, recovered after being lost at sea and finally settled near Kamehameha's birthplace. We later saw the more famous replica statue in Honolulu so it was interesting to compare it with the first.

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