12 artisans in Italy began work on a 900-ton piece of marble. The one-year project resulted in the final 200-ton fountain, which traveled to Kauai in 11 containers. It took four of the original artisans four months to install the fountain in its current location. The fountain’s total estimated cost at the time was $1 million.
The Princeville Fountain has, however, become a prominent and beloved landmark, welcoming visitors to the area from its perch at Princeville’s entrance, a grand reception to the north shore’s lush vegetation and standout natural paradisiacal beauty.
Few places on earth possess the magnificent beauty of Kauai – “The Garden Isle” of Hawai’i.
In March 1853 Robert Crichton Wyllie, a Scottish physician, bought a plantation on Hanalei Bay on the north shore of the island of Kauaʻi. After an 1860 visit by Queen Emma of Hawaii and her son Prince Albert, he named the plantation Princeville. Prince Albert Kamehameha (May 20, 1858 – August 27, 1862) was the only son of King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma and also godson of Queen Victoria. During his short life, he was the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Hawai’i.
Originally, the land was planted with coffee, then sugarcane, before it became a cattle ranch under Elisha Hunt Allen in 1867. The land was later sold for development in 1968.
Today Princeville is a 9,000-acre upscale, unincorporated master-planned community and home to 2,000 permanent residents. Recognized as the northernmost settlement of Hawaii, Princeville is also known for Queen’s Bath, a unique tide pool surrounded by igneous rock, and the iconic Princeville fountain.
Cliveden House is one of England’s¬ grand country houses. It also dates to the mid-19th century. Designed by Sir Charles Barry in 1851, the home features a Palladian style and Italian features and rests 40 meters above the banks of the Thames, in Taplow, England.
In 1893, a wealthy American, William Waldorf Astor, purchased the estate and, as water played an important role in U.K. gardens, he commissioned a Roman fountain for the property. American sculptor Thomas Waldo Story designed the fountain – originally known as the “Shell Fountain” — in 1897 and carved it in Rome before shipping it to the U.K.
The fountain later took the name of “Fountain of Love.” In 1942, Astor donated Cliveden House to the National Trust in Buckinghamshire. Today, the magnificent 375 acres, full of lovely gardens and woodland trails, is run as a world-class luxury hotel.
Help save the beautiful Princeville fountain! We are not asking for donations simply a show of support to protect this historic fountain that stands proud at the entrance of Princeville and has for the past four decades become one of the most well known and loved landmarks for the magnificent north shore of Kauai.
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