Kapaau, Big Island, Hawaii: King Kamehameha I Statue #1

This statue was supposed to be unveiled in 1879, but sank in a shipwreck. It was dredged up by fishermen in the Falkland Islands, and used as a kind of cigar store Indian. When it finally reached Honolulu, a replacement -- King Kamehameha I Statue #2 -- had already gone up in its place. This one wound up in front of the King's birthplace.
Akoni Pule Hwy., Kapaau, Big Island, HI
East side of town. On the south side of Hwy 270/Akoni Pule Hwy, just east of Kappan Waterworks Rd.
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King Kamehameha I Statue

King Kamehameha I Statue

King Kamehameha I is in front of a community center, we happened to catch a group of seniors learning a hula dance inside. Signage about the statue's shipwreck past is around it.

[Miss Erin, 04/13/2018]

King Kamehameha I Statue

King Kamehameha I Statue

At top of yellow steps, east end of "downtown."

[Dan Wilson, 09/07/2013]

This statue of Hawaii's only king was lost at sea in 1880 in a shipwreck en route from Italy, where it was forged. It was recovered in 1912, off the Falkland Islands, and eventually placed near his birthplace on Hawaii's Big Island.

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