The King Kamehameha statue is a must if visiting the capitol district of Honolulu. It's made out of brass and was designed by artist Thomas Ridgeway Gould. Located in front of the Aliiolani Hale downtown tourists usually stop by and take photos.
Directly across the street is Iolani Palace so one can easily make an afternoon of visiting the palace, the King Kamehameha statue, Honolulu Hale, Hawaii Start Art Museum and Mission Houses Museum and Kawaiaha'o church on the corner one block away.
All of these buildings are landmarks and have a colonial look to them. It only takes about 30 minutes by bus or 15 minutes by cab to arrive here.
Aliiolani is home to the Hawaii Supreme court and inside is the Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center which conducts free tours lasting 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.
Topics covered include the Kapu System, democracy, the meanings of land and power in Hawaii, how the kingdom was overthrown and martial law. Appointments are not needed but if traveling with a larger group then a reservation is recommended.
The 18 ft statue made is debut in 1883 and is representative of him and his legacy of conquering the Hawaiian islands and creating the kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. There is another statue located near his birthplace on the Big Island in the North Kohala district.
Every year on June 11th the statue is draped in leis on Kamehameha Day and a parade is held in his honor. His legacy also has significance for many Hawaiians because he was a strong supporter of Hawaiian culture and customs.