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King Kamehameha Day

King Kamehameha Day is a state holiday in Hawaii that was established to honor the first ruler of the Hawaiian Kingdom, King Kamehameha I.

King Kamehameha
Photo Credit: Hawaii Tourism Japan

June 11, 2006 will be the 90th annual King Kamehame Day Celebration. The state holiday to observe King Kamehameha Day will be Monday, June 12, 2006.

King Kamehameha Day was proclaimed in 1871 by King Kamehameha V, to honor his great grandfather, King Kamehameha I.l The first King Kamehame Day was on June 11, 1872, and it was one of the first holidays to be proclaimed when Hawaii became a state in 1959.

Floral Parades
On several islands. The Oahu parade goes from the Iiolani Palace to Kapiolani Park.

Draping Ceremonies
Evening draping ceremony, in whch the Kamehameha Statue that is between the Aliiolani Hale and the Iolani Palace, and the one in Kohala, are draped with long strands of flower lei.

Cultural Celebrations
In Kapiolani Park in Honolulu and in North Kohala. After the parade their is a Ho‘olaule‘a or block party with food and music. Cultural exhibitions are also scattered throughout Kapiolani Park - arts and crafts, games, sports and other events planned by the Bishop Museum, the premier Hawaiian cultural institution

Hula Festival
The King Kamehameha Hula Competition takes place at Neil Blaisdell Center and hula companies from all over the world come to Hawaii to compete.

King Kamehameha Day Celebration Commission

North Kohala King Kamehameha Day Celebration
June 10-11, 2006

See also:
- King Kamehameha Statue on Oahu
- More About King Kamehameha I
- The Hawaiian Monarchy
- Members of the Hawaiian Royal Family
- United States Annexation of Hawaii
- History of Hawaii

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