8.  Hawaiian Monarchy Cannon

Shortly after British Captain James Cook visited the Hawaiian Islands in 1778, the Hawaiians—particularly King Kamehameha—developed an interest in obtaining western weaponry. The Hawaiian Monarchy Cannon, located in Historic Palm Circle, was probably cast in 1848. The dimensions of the cannon are virtually identical with those of a similar cannon at the Army Museum of Hawaii, cast in 1851. It is possible that this gun served as part of a battery of Aloha Guns, formerly located at Punchbowl Crater to bid “aloha” to incoming and outgoing ships. The weight of the cannon is 5,345 pounds and it 10 feet in length and 5 ¼ inches in diameter. It fired a ten-pound shot. Hawaii was an independent kingdom until 1894 and then a republic until the U.S.annexed Hawaii in 1898. The Monarchy Cannon is a reminder of an independent Hawaii.

Photo: Monarchy Gun / Kamehameha Cannon / Click For Larger Image
Monarchy Gun / Kamehameha Cannon


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