The “Great Statue” is a bronze casting of the first rule of the kingdom of Hawaii, King Kamehameha I.

The real Great Statue

The “Great Statue” is always genuine.

Take your statue on up to Blathers and he’ll place it neatly on a pedestal for you. Then he’ll place a plaque with additional information which reads:

King Kamehameha I – Thomas Ridgeway Gould, circa 1883

Bronze

A bronze sculpture of King Kamehameha I, who founded the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. Traditionally, the sculpture is draped with many leis every year on June 11th.

June 11th in Hawaii is known as Kamehameha day; as he was their most historic ruler – hence the leis!

Statue of King Kamehameha I, standing in front of Ali'iolani Hale in Honolulu. Cast: 1881, bronze with gold leaf. This was the second casting due to the first going down in a shipwreck (later recovered and on display in Kapaʻua. Approx 8½ feet tall on a 10 foot concrete base. The pedestal has four bronze and gold leaf plaques with scenes from Kamehameha's life. Sculptor: Thomas Ridgeway Gould (1818–1881).
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Statue of King Kamehameha I, standing in front of Ali’iolani Hale in Honolulu.

Another fun fact – there were actually two statues made. Sadly, when the statue was being shipped to Hawaii, there was an accident and a fire broke out on the ship, sinking it. Although a second one was cast, the first one was actually able to be recovered – and the original now stands in Kamehameha’s birthplace!

Kamehameha I was also known as Kamehameha the Great, and was the founder and first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Hawaii has an important history, and I’m neither a historian nor am I from Hawaii, so I don’t feel I’m entirely qualified to speak to it. I would highly encourage reading up on it though, it is a great history!

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