King Kamehameha Statues: Which is Which?
Hilo's King Kamehameha statue at Wailoa River State Park is not a copy of the ‘identical’ statues in Honolulu and in Kapa‘au. The Hilo statue, sculpted in 1963, is larger and the king's face is different. The other two statues date back to the 1880s, and the Honolulu statue is gilded, while the Kapa‘au statue is painted. When Hawaii became the 50th US state in 1959, another replica was commissioned and unveiled at the US Capitol in 1969. In addition, the Grand Wailea on Maui has a Kamehameha statue created by renowned Hawaiian artist Herb Kawainui Kane.