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- I visited Kaawaloa (Captain Cook
Monument) a while ago. It’s a good hike with great views. Bring enough water because the hike can be strenuous and there’s not a lot of shade. Some people hide water on the way down so they don’t have to carry it all. While hiking poles are not totally necessary I found them to be an excellent addition to help prevent sore knees.Written 16 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Gorgeous views of the ocean and great historical spot. GPS led us to turn right off the main road where we promptly turned back because it turned into a private road, so we continued on the main road down to the sea where there’s a small parking lot. Despite the sun, the constant wind made up for it and made an enjoyable walk. See photos below.Written 22 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We enjoyed seeing the statue of the king in his original form. It seemed to be a very popular spot for people to come take pictures with and also to view all of the history around the building.Written 10 March 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Love the art here. Very unique..very pretty and thoughtful. Something to look at and think about what is being communicatedWritten 29 October 2014
- This statue of Hawaii's last King stands in a park in the middle of Hilo. The King seemed to be revered amongst his people and the statue was affirmed with a lei when we visited.Written 22 December 2019
- In the center of Hilo is Kalākaua Park, surrounded by historic buildings and Koi pond war memorial. This 50,000-gallon pond and marble memorial to veterans was dedicated in 1948, to those from Hawaii Island who died in World War II. The Vermont Danby Imperial white marble monument was design and carve by sculptor Roy King, and built by architects Charles William Dickey Associates. It is 10 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 6 feet high. With 157 names of Hawaii Island World War II dead inscribed on top. There is a central figure of a winged fighting man representing all combat forces. On either side of him are people of the world. The back is inscribed “That their spirit may guide us to an ever-living peace among all mankind.
Later two plaques were added to opposite ends of the monument. One honoring dead from the Korean War, the other in honoring dead of the Vietnam War. The pond, which had not undergone a thorough draining and cleaning since 1989, and was re-dedicated 2012. This is a lovely place to wonder around.
TIP: Check out the bronze statue of King Kalākaua, sundial, and time capsule that was buried in 1991 during a total solar eclipseWritten 25 December 2019
- This Plaque commemorates the Peace Corps Memorial Monument that used to be at this site and details the history of JFK establishing the Peace Corps, which optionally had a training centre at this facility.Written 12 December 2019
- This statue, 1 of 4, was sculpted at a foundry in Vicenza, Italy in 1963 but was not installed here until 1997. It was originally slated to be install on Kauai, but as how Kamehameha never conquered Kauai the Kauaians refused the statue and instead gifted it to the Island of Hawaii.
The statue is 14 feet tall and resides in Wailoa River State Recreation Area.Written 2 April 2022
- When to the statue on a tour from Hilo the surrounding parl and area where the statue is was really nice, clean and a great place for a picnic. The statue is a good place for a photo or selfie not too busy and easy parking.Written 21 August 2022
- This memorial, initially installed on the one-year anniversary of the 1946 tsunami which originated in the Aleutian Islands, memorializes the 24 people who lost their lives. 16 students, 4 teachers and the wife and 3 children of a teacher at the school.
The memorial is atop a little knoll overlooking Laupahoehoe Bay.
The memorial is on a concrete platform encircled by an iron railing and is accessed via three-steps. The granite memorial with the names of those lost sits atop a lava pedestal. Attached close to the memorial is the dedication plaque.
Close by is an informational pavilion that tells the story of this tragedy.
Well worth visiting when you come to visit the beach park.Written 2 April 2022
- This memorial is located at the junction of the highway and a ranch access road just outside of Waimea. It is dedicated to the 2nd and 5th Marine Divisions who trained at this location.
The front portion of the memorial was erected in 1984 and consists of a large brass or bronze plaque affixed to a large rock sculpted to resemble Mount Suribachi. It sits in a gravel bed bounded by lava rock and surrounded by four iron posts and linked by chain.
The back portion of the memorial consists of a large three-panel rock and granite monument honoring the 2nd and 5th Marine Division and the V Amphibious Corps. It was dedicated in 1998.
This monument is not a must see but if you are in the Waimea area it is worth stopping by and reading about the history of this area and the USMC in WWII.Written 28 March 2022
- This sculpture by John Matsushita is located next to the visitor center parking lot at the trailhead for the Sulpher Banks / Steam Vents trail. It honors Mauna Loa, Kilauea and goddess Pele.
It is a large stone on a on a concrete pad atop a lava base, surrounded by an engraved wooden frame.
There is a informational sign explaining what this rock represents.Written 3 April 2022
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