4 Famous Hawaiian Statues Honor The Spirit of Hawaii
Some traditional and modern art from Hawaii can be found all over the world, but some pieces are only known to people who live on or visit the island. These famous statues and public works, which can all be seen for free, honor the spirit of Hawaii and its famous people. Here are four works of art that are only in Hawaii.
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Statue
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, one of Hawaii’s most famous people, grew up in Waikiki and learned to surf there. Kahanamoku won five swimming medals at the Olympics, and he is also known for making surfing popular around the world. A nine-foot statue of him with his arms outstretched and a surfboard in his hands looks right at home on the busy Kalakaua Avenue. The artist Jan Gordon Fisher made the bronze statue, which was put up in 1990.
King Kamehameha I Statue
A few statues of King Kamehameha the Great were made, but the real one is in North Kohala on the Big Island, near where the King was born. The original statue, which was put up by Thomas Ridgeway Gould, was once thought to have been lost at sea. It is made of painted cast brass. King Kamehameha I is remembered for his undying love for the Hawaiian people, his unbeatable battle strategy, and uniting the eight main Hawaiian Islands under royal rule in 1810.
The Hawaiian Coat of Arms
The original coat of arms was chosen by the monarchy in 1845. The best place to see it is on the gates of Iolani Palace, the royal home in Hawaii. The state motto is still “Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ina I ka Pono,” which roughly means “The life of the land is continued in righteousness.” The state seal is still based on a part of the coat of arms.
Don Ho Statue
Don Ho is another well-liked local boy who is best known for his hit song “Tiny Bubbles” from the 1960s. As a tribute to his life as an entertainer, a bronze statue shows his charm and bright laughter. The statue is under a famous 160-year-old banyan tree in Waikiki’s International Market Place, where he used to perform for many years and where famous people like Frank Sinatra came to see him.
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