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King Kamehameha Statue in Washington DC

The golden King Kamehameha statue that sits in front of the Judiciary Building in historic downtown Honolulu is the most photographed attraction in Hawaii but many people do not know there are identical statues in Washington DC and on the Big Island.

King Kamehameha Statue in Washington DC



King Kamehameha in the National Statuary Hall
This statue of King Kamehameha the Great sits in the National Statuary Hall inside the United States Capitol Building in Washington DC. It was made from molds of the King Kamehameha statue that sits in front of the Judiciary Building in historic downtown Honolulu. This King Kamehameha statue was dedicated in a ceremony inside the United States Capitol Building Rotunda on April 15, 1969. The statue and its solid granite base weigh more then six tons, making it one of the heaviest objects in the statuary hall. Every year on June 11, which is King Kamehameha Day in Hawaii, the statue is draped with flower leis in a ceremony featuring hula dancers and Hawaiians portraying King Kamehameha and his favorite wife Kaahumanu.

Two National Hall Statues Representing Hawaii
There are two statues representing Hawaii in the National Statuary Hall collection, this statue of King Kamehameha the Great and a statue of Father Damien that was created by Marisol Escobar. The Kamehameha statue is located inside the Statuary Hall and the Father Damien statue is located in the house connecting corridor on the first floor of the capitol.

About the National Statuary Hall
The National Statuary Hall was created by the United States Congress on July 2, 1864. It is located in a large, two-story, semicircular chamber of the United States Capitol Building that was used as a second meeting place for the House of Representatives for more then 50 years. It includes 100 statues, two per state, that are either located inside the hall or in the hallways nearby.

See also:
- The 3 Statues of King Kamehameha the Great
- About King Kamehameha I
- The Hawaiian Monarchy



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