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The Original King Kamehameha Statue

Address: Highway 270, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Waimea
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Monuments/ Statues, Sights & Landmarks

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Issaquah, WA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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48 reviews 48 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
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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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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Lanai, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Great site in Kapa'au. This statue is NOT located in Waimea. Quaint small town next to Hawi which is another cute turn of the century town with galleries, restaurants and very cool architecture. This statue dates back to 1880 and definitely worth experiencing this side of the island.

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Harrah, OK
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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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54 helpful votes 54 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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