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King Kamehameha Statue, Honolulu Hawaii

The King Kamehameha Statue stands across the street from the 'Iolani Palace and is 18 feet tall. The statue was commissioned to recognize the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Captain Cook to the islands. The legislature appropriated $10,000 for the statue, and contacted a Boston sculptor living abroad in Florence, Italy for the job. The statue was sent to France to be cast in bronze in 1880, and was supposed to be placed at the 'Iolani Palace. The statue was to late to make the 100th anniversary and was presumed lost at sea near the wreckage of the first ship in 1883 near the Falkland Islands.

King Kamehameha Stamp

The legislature had insured the statue for $12,000, and so another one was quickly reordered from the sculptor. The original statue was recovered and sold back to the captain of the ship, who then sold it to Walter Gibson, the original project director. The original statue now resides near the King's birthplace in Kapa'au in Kohala on the big island. The re-ordered statue now stands at Ali'iolani Hale in Honolulu, Oahu.


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