Bronze relief plaque
Situated in the grounds of the Iolani Palace.
The plaque has an image of Cook at the top, two palm trees at the sides, and a beach scene at the bottom, with a figure and boat.
The palace, on the site of an earlier palace, was built 1879-82 for the King of Hawai’I, King Kalakaua, from where he ruled his Kingdom of Hawaii. His sister, Queen Liliuokalani, succeeded him, but was imprisoned and the Monarchy overthrown. It was eventually used as government offices, and then as a museum and archives.
The plaque was designed by the Boston sculptor Theodore Baldwin Pitman, a descendant of the High Chief Hoolulu of Hilo, of Kamehameha the Great’s period.
At the presentation by Mrs Benjamin Franklin Pitman, widow of the late Benjamin Franklin Keola-o-kalani Pitman. a response was made by the master of ceremonies, A.P. Taylor, a member of the Captain Cook Commission and librarian of the archives.
Unveiled in February 1930 in the archive grounds, the ceremony was attended by Governor Lawrence M Judd, who accepted the tablet on behalf of the territory.
The chief address was delivered by Col C.P. Iaukea, chairman of the Cook Sesquicentennial commission. Miss Mary Parker Beckley pulled the Hawaiian flag aside that unveiled the stone base.
A.P. Taylor announced that the liloa stone placed in front of the memorial, was donated by Mrs Woods.
Main Inscription on plaque
CAPT. JAMES COOK
IN HAWAII 1778-1779
At the very bottom of the plaque in tiny letters:
In memory of High Chief Ho’oluin, High Chiefess kino’ole and her son
Keolaokahni (Benjamin Franklin Pitman). Presented by Mrs Benjamin
Franklin Pitman, Benjamin Pitman and Theodore Baldwin Pitman-schulptor.
GPS Coordinates: 21.315603, -157.858093
Cook’s Log, page 638, vol. 12, no. 1 (1989)
Cook’s Log, page 1687, vol. 22, no. 4 (1999)