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The Kamehameha Statue which was erected in honor of King Kamehameha I is located across King Street from the 'Iolani Palace. Kamehameha was a young Hawaiian warrior whose name meant "the lonely one." Born in 1756 and who died in 1819 from an illness, Kamehameha the Great is known for unifying the main Hawaiian islands, except for Kauai and Ni'ihau in 1795 for the first t ime. On Kamehameha Day, which is also a state holiday for Hawai'i, the statue is most impressive with it's neck, shoulders and arms draped with numerous long flower leis. These leis can measure up to 18 feet in length.
The King Kamehameha Statue pays tribute to Hawaii?s warrior king. In fact, there are four statues: THIS one in downtown Honolulu, fronting the old Judiciary Building; another in Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C. and the original statue at the king?s birthplace in Kapaau on the Big Island, and a 14-foot, five-ton statue in Hilo. Talk about Tributes heheheh.
Standing eight and a half feet tall, the statue depicts Kamehameha in his royal garb, including a helmet of rare feathers and a gilded cloak. The spear in his left hand serves to symbolize the kingdom?s willingness and ability to defend itself from hostile nations. His right hand, however, is extended in a welcoming gesture of aloha
Address: 957 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu
Directions: Take Kalakaua Avenue. out of Waikiki toward the mountains. Turn left onto South Beretania Street. Turn left onto Richards Steet, then turn left onto South King Street. The Statue will be on the right in front of the Ali'iolani Hale.
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