King David Kalakaua Statue

King David Kalakaua Statue
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Address 2045 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
A statue of Hawaii's King who rules between 1874 and 1891.

• General: Educational • Cultural & Historical: Memorials / Statues

King David Kalakaua, or simply Kalakaua, was born on November 16, 1836 as David La'amea Kamanakapu'u Mahinulani Nalaiaehuokalani Lumialani Kalakaua.

He was king of the Hawaiian islands between February 12, 1874 and January 20, 1891, when he died, and earned the nickname "The Merrie Monarch" for being full of love and joy. King David is responsible for reviving hula which was banned by Queen Ka'ahumanu in 1830 (after her conversion to Christianity), so there's a little table conversation for you to impress your neighbor with at the next luau you attend.

There is a statue in King David's honor right at the spot where Kalakaua Avenue and Kuhio Avenue meet. You'll also notice that the main "strip" of Waikiki is named Kalakaua Avenue, and now you know who it was named after.