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The King Kamehameha statue is moving

WASHINTON D.C. (KHNL) -After 39 years standing in one place the King Kamehameha statue in the U.S. Capitol is moving to Emancipation Hall the Capitol's new visitor center which will open to the public December 2, 2008.

No longer will the Hawaiian Monarch stand in the dark, back row of Statuary Hall where an incident involving a Capitol tour guide prompted Hawaii Congressmen Neil Abercrombie and Ed Case to write a letter in 2003 to the Capitol's architect, Alan Hantman.

Caught on videotape the tour guide explained to a group that the statue of Kamehameha was placed in the back of Statuary Hall in 1969 because Congress "was upset that King Kamehameha wasn't that decently dressed."

The letter from Abercrombie and Case addressed to the architect asked that the Capitol's tour guides be provided with more factual information regarding the statue to help end "disrespectful characterizations" of the Hawaiian King. It also requested that the statue be given a more prominent location.

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