Famous "Times Square Kiss" sculpture arrives in Hawaii

Published: Aug. 10, 2011 at 5:55 PM HST
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Source: Deray Parker
Source: Deray Parker

BY: Deray Parker & Richard Meiers

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – An iconic image has come to Hawaii. The KISS that mesmerized the world on August 14, 1945 in Times Square during the spontaneous celebration that took place after the announcement that World War II had ended, has been recreated into a life-size sculpture.

The iconic KISS will be on display for the general public during "Keep the Hawaii Spirit of '45" concert on Saturday, August 13 at 7 p.m. at the Waikiki Shell.

The statue was created by Steward Johnson, artist and son of the founder of Johnson & Johnson. It then took months for it to be approved to be shipped to Hawaii.

Legendary artist Lee Greenwood will be the featured artist at "Keep the Hawaii Spirit of '45," where he will perform Proud to be an American-God Bless the USA!

WWII veterans can get into the concert free of charge. After the concert, the statue will be taken to the U.S.S Missouri.

"Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive!" is a nationwide, grassroots initiative to establish an annual day to honor the achievements of what is often referred to as America's 'greatest generation' so that their example of courage, self-sacrifice and service will forever inspire future generations of Americans.

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