There are six King Kamehameha I statues in the nation
Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui, Washington DC
The most famous statue honoring the king who united the Hawaiian Islands stands in front of Aliiolani Hale, the Hawai’i State Judiciary Building, but it’s actually a replica. In the late 1800s, the original was lost at sea, so a replacement statue was ordered. Years later, the original was recovered and sent to North Kohala on Hawaii Island, near King Kamehameha’s birthplace. After Hawaii became a state in 1959, a third was displayed at the nation’s capitol. Plans for a fourth statue were made for a resort in Kauai; however, residents opposed the statue since the Garden Isle was the only island King Kamehameha did not physically conquer. Instead, in the late 90s, the Princeville Corporation donated the statue, and it is now installed in Downtown Hilo. The fifth and sixth statues are located in Maui at the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa and Ka’anapali Beach Club, sculpted by Herb Kawainui Kāne and Caleb O’Connor, respectively. A seventh had resided in Las Vegas, in front of the Hawaiian Marketplace, but has since been removed to make way for a Chili’s restaurant.