Statues of Hawaii king and queen to reign in front of museum

Statues of Hawaii king and queen to reign in front of museum
Kauai (File graphic) (Source: HNN File)

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - Statues of past island royalty will soon begin their reign in front of a Hawaii museum.

The Garden Island reported Friday that statues of the last king and queen of Kauai and Niihau were expected to be unveiled in a ceremony Saturday at the Kauai Museum in Lihue.

The museum and archive on the eastern side of Kauai focuses on the indigenous and immigrant people of the two islands.

Kauai residents Billy and Luella Lemn conceived the idea and Billy Lemn produced the drawings of King Kaumualii and Queen Deborah Kapule that are being used as a basis for the life-sized statues by Chris O’Conner of Kauai.

Prototypes are standing in while the real statues remain under construction.

The museum’s director says the project will generate interest in local history.

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