Top Landmark in Oahu – King Kamehameha Statue

July 3, 2011 by  
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King Kamehameha Statue is a widely known tourist attraction in Hawaii. The statue is located right in front of the Iolani Palace. King David Kalakaua originally commissions the statue. A man named Thomas Gould in Florence originally created the statue. King David Kalakaua paid about $10,000 for Thomas Guild to cast the statue.

When the statue is transported to Hawaii, it was lost. As a result, a replica of the King Kamehameha I statue is being made. Thomas Guild claims the insurance for the statue and begins to make a replica. The replica is shipped to Honolulu later. About 2 years later, a sea captain from America came across the original King Kamehameha statue. The American sea captain found the statue at the Port Stanley junkyard. When the sea captain found it, he decided to have it shipped it to the Big Island. A kahuna suggested that the statue be erected at the place where King Kamehameha was born. Every year on the 11th of June, the local people will decorate the King Kamehameha statue with flowers to commemorate his birthday.

King Kamehameha is a great king who brought peace to the Hawaiian island. The actual name of King Kamehameha is long. The full name for King Kamehameha is Kalani Paiea Wohi o Kaleikini Keali`ikui Kamehameha o `Iolani i Kaiwikapu kaui Ka Liholiho Kunuiakea. According to history, he was born somewhere in 1738 – 1758. No one knows the exact year that King Kamehameha was born. The year of his death is 1819. After King Kamehameha1 conquered the enemy soldiers in the Hawaiian Islands, he unites them together so that he can establish the Hawaii kingdom. The Kingdom of Hawaii was successfully united in 1810. At that time, the king receives a lot of influences from the western world. Despite the western influences, King Kamehameha did not eliminate the traditional values in his kingdom. He has allied with several kingdoms in the pacific region to protect the independence of Hawaii.

Up to date, many people still remember King Kamehameha for his deeds. King Kamehameha I is remembered as a king who protect the right of the citizens by bring peace. Many local Hawaiians remembered King Kamehameha for the Mamalahoe Kanawai. The main statue is in front of Iolani Palace. There are four statues that depict King Kamehameha I in Hawaii. The second status is situated at the Big Island. The third statue is situated in the Statuary Hall.


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