Hawaii — By byun on June 12, 2010 at 4:45 pm
Filed under: festival, holiday, parade

King Kamehameha Day

Many island residents were off work yesterday in celebration of Kamehameha Day, one of Hawaii’s few state holidays.  Kamehameha Day and this weekend honors King Kamehameha I, the man who was prophesied to lead and unify the Hawaiian Islands under one government.  The first celebration was June 11, 1872, making this year the 94th King Kamehameha Day in Hawaii.

There are a few festivities going on this weekend on Oahu to celebrate Kamehameha Day.

  • Saturday, June 12: Kamehameha Day parade 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  This is the longest parade in Hawaii and the new route will be starting at Fort DeRussey Park, down Kalakaua Avenue and Ala Moana Blvd along to Punchbowl Street and ending at the ‘Iolani Palace [map], the nation’s only royal palace.
  • The King Kamehameha Day Festival immediately follows the parade.  There will be live entertainment, food booths, cultural demonstrations, and educational exhibits located at the grounds of the Iolani Palace.

The unification of this great state is a testament to this man, who lives in legend as one of Hawaii’s most courageous and powerful figures.  If you are not on the island of Oahu, there are other worthy events happening around the islands — particularly in Hilo [map] on the Big Island, where Kamehameha spent most of his time.  Every year, thousands of locals drape Kamehameha’s statue in Hilo (pictured above) with leis.  This ceremony is reserved only for Hawaii’s most beloved figures.

Photo courtesy of Brenda Yun

Related places:
  1. A
    'Iolani Palace
    364 South King Street, Honolulu, HI
  2. B
    Hilo, HI
    Hilo, HI, undefined
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