Public Information Division
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City & County of Honolulu
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 31, 2001
Mayor Jeremy Harris unveiled a new, bronze statue of Queen Kapi’olani today (December 31) in a ceremony at the Waikiki bandstand named in her honor.
“Queen Kapi’olani was a leader who truly cared for her people, especially women and children in need,” the Mayor said. “She was a remarkable person who left a lasting legacy that continues to benefit our community to this day.”
Kaha’i Topolinski, ‘Ahahui Kapi’olani Director, accepted the statue on behalf of the people of Honolulu.
The ceremony also featured a genealogical chant for the Queen by Kalani Akana, Iku Hai, Hale O Na Ali’io, No. 7; a ho’okupu by the Kawa nanakoa Family followed by another ho’okupu by the Hawaiian Royal Benevolent Societies and Hawaiian Civic Clubs, led by the Royal Order of Kamehameha; and the singing of the song, “E Nihi Ka Hele,” led by Manu Boyd, President of the Hawaiian Civic Clubs of Honolulu.
Queen Kapi’olani, the wife of King David Kalakaua, was a beloved philanthropist known as the queen who loved children. She founded Kapi’olani Maternity Home in 1890 to care for disadvantaged Hawaiian mothers and mothers-to-be. The facility later became the Kapi’olani Hospital for Women and Children. Today, a hospital, a community college, a prominent boulevard, a large park and countless businesses bear her name.
Her bronze statue, which is mounted on a pedestal faced with black granite, depicts the Queen in “street costume” at about the age of 40. Her face has a warm, subtle smile and one of her arms is slightly extended, palm open, as if to welcome someone into her home.
The statue’s sculptor is Holly Young, a resident of Kauai whose works can be found throughout the world. One of her pieces, “Makua and Kila”, depicting a boy and a monk seal, sits along Kuhio Beach in Waikiki. Ms. Young was commissioned to sculpt the Queen earlier this year.