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King Kalakaua's Birthday
November 16, 1836

Information about events in Hawaii celebrating the birthday of King David Kalakaua and events honoring King Kalakaua's achievements and perpetuating his memory. King Kalakaua was born on November 16, 1836 and he died at age 54 on January 20, 1891.

Oahu King Kalakaua's Birthday Events

King Kalakaua Statue Lei Draping Ceremony

Every year, on the November 16 birthday of King Kalakaua, there is a birthday celebration and ceremony at the King Kalakaua statue located at the intersection of Kalakaua Avenue and Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki. The ceremony is presented by the Freemasons of Hawaii and hosted by Hawaii historian and musician Palani Vaughan.

Waikiki King Kalakaua Parade
This parade down Waikiki's Kalakaua Boulevard takes place every November, on or near King Kalakaua's November 16 birthday. The King Kalakaua Parade is sponsored by Lodge le progress'd'la'Oceanie and it usually includes about 500 marchers and more then 20 vehicles. For more information call 808-699-4940.

Events Named After King David Kalakaua

The events in this section do not take place near King Kalakaua's birthday, but they are named in his honor, to celebrate his life and achievements.

Merrie Monarch Festival (Hawaii Island)
The most famous event named in honor of King Kalakaua is the Merrie Monarch Festival, a week long hula competition and celebration of Hawaiian culture in Hilo.

Kalakaua Festival in Hilo's Kalakaua Park (Hawaii Island)
Every year in March or April, on the day of the Merrie Monarch Royal Parade, there is a King Kalakaua Festival in Hilo's Kalakaua Park on Hawaii Island (aka the Big Island). The festival features hula, ukulele playing, and other live Hawaiian music storytelling sessions, food, and arts and craft booths. For more information call 808-933-9772.

See also:
- Other November Events in Hawaii
- About King Kalakaua

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