"Kamehameha I statue" Top 5 Page for this destination Memorials Tip by Nathalie_B

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To me it would be just another statue, one of many, hadn?t it have such an interesting ?biography? which I learned from a guard at the Punchbowl cemetery.
?Did you know that this is not the original one, he said. This is a replica and the original one stands somewhere on the Big Island, at the birth place of the King. A high priest predicted that if the statue is not placed at the King?s birthplace it will never find peace. And he was right, because on its way from Paris, where it got its bronze color, the statue sank with the ship that was carrying it back to Hawaii.?
A new statue was created and placed at its present location, in front of the Oahu?s Court House.
Shortly, after the new statue?s inauguration, a sailor found the original one and sold it to King Kalakaua, who remembered the priest?s prediction and ordered to place it on the Big Island?s birth place of Kamehameha the 1st.

Address: King Street
Directions: In front of the Supreme Court Building

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  • Updated Jun 27, 2008
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