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Queen Kapiolani sculpture gets makeover

The Queen Kapiolani statue at Honolulu’s Kapiolani Park is getting a makeover.

Technicians from the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts are scheduled to conduct regular maintenance work on the nine-year-old bronze sculpture on Friday.

The statue is 6 feet 6 inches tall and is mounted on a black granite pedestal. The entire display is about 8 feet.

It shows Queen Kapiolani 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 sculpture by artist Holly Young was dedicated on the queen’s birthday — Dec. 31 — in 2001.

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