On the drive up Akoni Pule Highway in Kapaʻau, you'll notice a statue of the King himself. This was the original statue commissioned in the late 1800s, cast in France, and shipped to Hawaiʻi. Except the boat caught on fire on the way over. For about two years the statue was at the bottom of the ocean until it was recovered, recast, and installed in Kamehamehaʻs hometown in 1883. A replacement statue had long been remade and shipped to Honolulu. Thomas Ridgeway Gould, an American living in Italy designed the bronze casting. Check out its Romanesque sandals: an homage to Classical Roman pieces? Or a cultural disconnect with a designer who just couldnʻt fathom the custom of a great King going barefoot?
Hawaii Forest & Trail | Your Guide to Big Adventure
Hawaii Forest & Trail started in 1993 with an emphasis on conservation and education. They’ve got island-wide partnerships to get guests into private lands and wildlife refuges. Specialized trips stretch across the geological, ecological, and cultural diversity of Hawaii. The Kohala Waterfalls Adventure takes you to private land exclusively available to Hawaii Forest & Trail guests. Meet up at their headquarters about 10 minutes from the hotel. The whole day will be under seven hours. Youʻll hike about a mile loop through an ancient Hawaiian kalo patch and alongside natural waterfalls. Make sure you brought your swimming suit, because you wonʻt want to miss a refreshing swim in the cool Hawaiian waters. They’ll supply all the gear: reusable water bottles, drinks, day packs, lunch, snacks, and walking sticks. Most importantly, they’ve got the keys to get you onto the private land.