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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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More than just a statue--lots of history, too

Interesting stop. It's in front of the Kapaau Community Center. Nice little shops and cafe across the street. The history of the statue itself is investing. See more about the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
TallPoppy62
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College Station, Texas
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Redondo Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It’s a nice landmark with a small building behind that gives some facts of Kamehameha’s reign, but it’s really just a photo op to add to the picture book. No need to drive here just for the statue, but a good stop along the way.

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San Tan Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Great place for a photo and restroom break. Clean and well kept. Shops surround the area with a coffee house, ice cream and other restaurants.

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College Station, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Interesting stop. It's in front of the Kapaau Community Center. Nice little shops and cafe across the street. The history of the statue itself is investing. See more about the statue here: http://www.gohawaii.com/en/big-island/regions-neighborhoods/north-kohala/kamehameha-statue-kapaau/.

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Kailua Kona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

In Kapa'au you will drive by the original King Kamehameha statue. Stop for a few seconds (or minutes) for a picture and some information about the history of the statue. It was lost in a storm but another one was reacted. When found, it was placed here because of Kamehameha's birth place. Take a few more seconds to walk around... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

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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