The Hawaiian king is not a symbol of
tourists will automatically think of… but the king (or someone who sure looks like him), and we’re not talking about
Elvis this time, is the sign for noteworthy or historic landmarks recognized by the
Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau.
Anyone who’s driven around looking for the “place in the guidebook” may
find it easier if there’s a big marker on the road. Hawaii
|The king is the official historic marker for Hawaii.|
|Statue of King Kamehameha I in Washington, DC. |
Original Source: Wikimedia Commons by Gabriel Rodriguez, but I have altered this image.
Interestingly enough, the Hawaiian monarch's cape was made from tiny yellow bird feathers.
It was also considered kapu (or forbidden) to be in the king's shadow.
I believe the penalty was death. Yikes!
Luckily, you can step in the shadow of the king's historical marker w/o being killed.
(Otherwise, there would be a lot fewer tourists and that would just
nix the whole tourism economy.)
|Painting of King Kamehameha I.|
Source: Wikimedia Commons
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