Coco Joe’s Vintage Hawaiian Lava King Kamehameha #134
Coco Joe’s Vintage Hawaiian Lava King Kamehameha #134. He measures 8 inches tall and is made from Hawaiian Lava! Coco Joe was a maker of really cool Hawaiian souvenirs sold in Hawaii. Coco Joe was located in Punaluu Hawaii, tragically the company is now out of business. Many of the Coco Joe's sculptured pieces were made from lava. The souvenirs are sculptured in Lava that erupted from the once fiery depths of ancient Hawaiian volcanoes. All the designs are original creations of solid stone like quality. They are not fragile. King Kamehameha was born 1758 and he died May 8, 1819, he is also known as “Kamehameha the Great” by the native people of Hawaii. King Kamehameha conquered all the Islands of Hawaiian and united them under his ruler-ship; he did away with human sacrifice to the gods, and united the people into one nation. The Coco Joes Vintage Hawaiian Lava King Kamehameha #134 is extremely well figured and with highly detailed features. These Hawaiian souvenirs are very collectable today and are become very rare and hard to find.
Kamehameha Preserved Hawaiian Traditions
During the time he ruled Hawaii Kamehameha preserved the rights and practices of the traditional Hawaiian religion which were in sharp contrast to the new cultural influences. He also preserved the cultural practices, and many of the words that so enrich the language of the people of Hawaii. Although Kamehameha had many friends and strong alliances with the Western nations he had tight control over American and European business and political ventures with Hawaiians during his reign. Kamehameha and his people supplied visiting ships from western powers with provisions during their mid Pacific Ocean stops for supplies and rest and relaxation, and kept a close watch of their dealing with the native population to prevent abuse of the Hawaiian people.
Ancient Hawaiian Legends Predicted Kamehameha
Kamehameha was a great warrior; he was also very diplomatic with outsides and preserved the Hawaiian Islands independents for many years. He was the leader that united the Hawaiian Islands into a royal kingdom in the year 1810 after many years of bloodshed and conflict. Kamehameha was destined for greatness from birth. Ancient Hawaiian legends predicted that a light in the sky with feathers like a bird streaming behind it would signal the birth of the great Hawaiian chief that would bring peace and happiness to the people, and unit them as one. Historians believe Kamehameha was born in the year 1758, the same year Halley’s Comet passed over Hawaii with a great light and a streaming tail.
Kamehameha and the Law of the Splintered Paddle
Kamehameha is responsible for the Law of the Splintered Paddle better known as Mamala Hoe. In his many battles to unite the people of Hawaii there was a raid on Puna, Kamehameha was pursuing a good number of attackers and his foot got stuck in a crevice in one the huge hard volcanic rock of the area. Kamehameha realized he was trapped and at a huge disadvantage, one of the attackers struck him on the head with a paddle from their canoe which thankfully for Kamehameha splintered upon impact with his head. As the man prepared to strike him again, the other warrior that was beside him admonished him to spare Kamehameha life. This act of kindness to the defenseless Kamehameha moved him greatly. Because of this event he later made a new law for the people of Hawaii to protect the defenseless and to ensure the safety of all travelers in their land. This law was later incorporated into the Hawaii state constitution in the year 1978.
Three Coco Joe’s King Kamehameha, Two are Made of Lava, One is of Hapa Wood
His Unification of the Hawaiian Islands
Thanks to Kamehameha’s leadership the unification of Hawaii was completed. This was significant not only because it was a remarkable feat for Kamehameha to have accomplished, but also because without his unification of the Islands they would have been under separate rulers, then it would have been easy for outsiders to attack the Hawaiian islands, and they may have been broken into different states by competing western nations. The people of Hawaii today have four amazing commissioned statues standing to honor the memory of King Kamehameha. On the Islands on every June 11th, on King Kamehameha Day, each of these beautiful statues are draped with flower leis to celebrate Hawaii’s first and greatest king.
Kamehameha and the Naha Stone
When Kamehameha was born he was given name Paiea at birth, the future king had to be hidden from warring clans that wanted to put him to death. He was secretly taken away at night right after his birth and kept safe in the secluded Waipio Valley for his protection. After many years the death threat passed away, and Paiea could come out from the place they had hide him and he was renamed Kamehameha which means the lonely one. Kamehameha was trained as a warrior by his uncle and leaders of his tribe. His legendary strength was proven when he overturned the huge and sacred Naha Stone, which reportedly weighed around three tons it is still in Hilo and can be seen there to this day.
Punaluu Hawaii, the home of Coco Joe's
Photo of the Naha Stone
The phto below is of the Naha Stone which in ancient times was one of the entrance pillars of a great temple in ancient Hawaii, it now rests in front of the Hawaii County Library. For many historians this is considered to be one of the greatest historical relics in the Hawaiian Islands. It was given to the City of Hilo by J. A. Scott a citizen of Hawaii, it for many years laid on his property. The stone was moved to a site behind the old library, and when the new library was completed, was again moved to the present location which is near the site of the ancient temple complex.
The Naha Stone in Hilo Hawaii
Photo below is King Kamehameha, Hapa-wood by Coco Joe's
In the photo below is King Kamehameha in Hapa-wood by Coco Joe's. He is standing in the stance of peace. King Kamehameha, ruler of Hawaii who united the islands under one sovereign holds an ancient Polynesian weapon and the masque of power to ward-off war, not wage it.
Coco Joe's King Kamehameha I Figurine #134 in Hapa Wood
Sculptured to reflect Kamehameha's Majestic Bearing
Created with Hapa-wood by Coco Joe's and sculptured to reflect Kamehameha's majestic bearing, physical prowess, and framed bravery, this statue not only is a symbol of peace through the uniting of mankind, but a handsome artifact to display. Made with HAPA-WOOD by the islands one and only Coco Joe's.
Made with real Hapa-wood by the One and Only Coco Joe's
Hawaiian legend from the time of King Kamehameha and Earlier
According to ancient Hawaiian legend from the time of King Kamehameha and earlier, huaka‘i po or night marchers are seen from time to time on the islands, they are ghosts of ancient warriors. They supposedly have been seen roam large sections of the island chain looking for their leader, and these night marchers are caring many torches. These ghost of ancient warriors are found in areas that were in ancient times large battlefields such and Nuuanu Pali on the island of Oahu. It has been said that if you look at one of these night marcher ghost in the eyes, you will be forced to walk with them for all eternity in their quest.
Three Coco Joe’s King Kamehameha
Coco Joe's King Kamehameha made with real Hapa-wood.
What to do if you are in the Presence of Night Marchers In Hawaii
Hawaiians say that if you are every in the presence of night marchers, you should lie down very flat on your stomach, face down and try with all your strength to avoid eye contact, you must stay very quiet, try to breathe shallow if you can, and do not move at all, play dead. It has been said that the ghost of the night marchers will nudge you or even provoke you to have a reaction so they can make eye contact with you, and take you. Another place in Hawaii that night marcher roam is the Moanalua Gardens in Hawaii.
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tod56 on September 02, 2014:
Nice Coco Joe's sculpture, it has very intricate details. It makes a nice souvenir .
Burke Mathes on August 20, 2014:
I had a Coco Joe's LAVA King Kamehameha statue, I wished I kept it now. Those were fun times back in the 1950s and 60s. Coco Joe's had a great place in Punaluu Hawaii. Sad to see it is gone now.