King Kamehameha is the father of Hawaii having united all of the islands into one kingdom. The most recognized Kamehameha statue stands in front of Aliiolani Hale (home to the Hawaii State Supreme Court) across from Iolani Palace and a short walk from historic Kawaiahao Church and the State Capitol. Dedicated in 1883, this was actually the second statue created after the ship delivering the original statue from Europe was lost at sea near Cape Horn. This original statue was later found and was erected in North Kohala on Hawaiiâ€™s Big Island near King Kamehamehaâ€™s birthplace.
Sculpted by Thomas Gould in Florence, this 18-foot bronze statue of Kamehameha is one of Oahuâ€™s most photographed landmarks. Every June 11th, on Kamehameha Day, this statue is ceremoniously draped with wreaths of flower lei to celebrate Hawaiiâ€™s greatest king.
If you are a regular viewer of Hawaii Five-0, you would have seen scenes that featured the King Kamehameha Statue and Aliiolani Hale as their work place.
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