King Kamehameha statue in Kapaau

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CAUTION: BEWARE OF FALLING COCONUTS AND FRONDS! That made us laugh.... cool...

Hawaiians believe that the birth of Paiea Kamehameha fulfilled their traditional prophecy of a birth of a male who would  become the greatest of all chiefs in Hawaii.  It is believed that the night he was born Hailey's comet may have appeared.  The prophecy of the kahunas said that the child would vanquish the other chiefs and unite the islands.  Kamehameha's uncle ordered him killed.... but his parents had anticipated this and instead he was taken away and raised in seclusion by foster parents.  When he was 5 years old his uncle relented and brought the boy to the village where he was trained as a chief and learned court diplomacy and war.   

When he grew up, Kamehameha, through a series of battles and by ruthlessly killing off relatives who opposed him became the ruler of the united Hawaii.

King kamehameha statue in Kohala
    He went on the unite the other islands under his rule.   

The statue of King Kamehameha was commissioned to Thomas Gould, an American living in Italy.  He desiged the statue and sent the  sculpture to Paris to be bronzed.   When completed it was put on a ship to Hawaii but sank in the Falklands.  A second statue was cast from the original mold..  This statue stands in Honolulu.  

Within weeks after the second statue arrived in Hawaii the original arrived.  It had been salvaged and  locate in a junk yard in Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.  The captain who found it, sold it to King Kalakaua.  Remembering the prophecy of the old kahuna, the original statue was sent to the town of Kapaau, near Kamehameha's birth place on the Big Island.

King Kamehameha statue: Do you see the rainbow through the trees... I was excited to get this shot...
   The statue has an interesting history of being painted"  It almost looks like plastic with many coats of paint The towns people began painting it years ago because it began to show signs of wear due to the exposure to the sea and elements.    On June 11 every year is King Kamehameha day.  The statue is draped in 22 foot long lei's and there is a parade through the town. 

We really enjoyed seeing the statue.   While we were there a light rain began to fall and we were able to get a picture of the statue with a rainbow....   cool.      Linda was particularly excited as she had read about it for years. 

END OF THE ROAD:  HIGHWAY 270

This was one of our favorite parts of the day.

End of Highway 270; DEAD END
... We spent the day visiting places and photographing....  Then David noticed that the Highway 270 stopped abruptly......  Hmmmmmm...... that is a weird way to draw a map so we decided to check it out...... 

We drove up the 270 and to our shock it did actually dead end.  It just stopped with signs .... We were cracking up......It was a jungle and tropical area across the valley....  We got out and took pictures of the beautiful valley it deadended at.   To build the road through would have been very challenging...We could see a beach far, far below.   Some people walked up the trail and we asked them if they had made it all the way to the beach... they had not because they had on flip flops and the trail was steep and challenging.   

There was the weirdest thing.

End of Highway 270: A cross.... maybe a grave?
.... just on the other side of the barbed wire fence was a cross with some shell necklaces.   I took pictures then realized it might be a grave..... spooky.  It gave me the chills......  Such a lonely place to be buried but it did have a great view! 

It was almost dark.....  Some of our pictures showed black but luckily my Photo shop in my laptop was able to  save them....  I posted them below with the heading: End of highway 270:   It was really a kick and we are glad we drove there.  On our way out we saw trees with oranges.... I love citrus trees and got a quick shot.. 

Sunflower300 says:
I remember seeing the statue of the King, but I didn't remember the story about the original statue sinking. Your blog has made me all nostalgic and I pulled out my photos from my last visit to Hawaii when I visited the big Island. Thanks so much.
Posted on: Feb 28, 2008
sylviandavid says:
I too loved your rock carving pictures from Libya.. & I was very impressed by your photos... David and I were unaware of them until we saw them in your blog! Thanks for looking at Hawaii... and for the smiles! sylvia
Posted on: Jan 29, 2008
tj1777 says:
I had a felling you liked the petroglyphs - like I liked the rockcarvings in Libya. I just think it is really difficult to capture the carvings on a photo. I feel that most of the picture I took in Libya of carvings dont really give full justice to the work - and I got a feeling it is probably the same with the petroglyphs on Hawaii you got to go there and see them a photo just dont do it.
Posted on: Jan 29, 2008
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King kamehameha statue in Kohala
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King Kamehameha sign at the statue
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Very ancient tree near the statue
Very ancient tree near the statue
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