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King Kamehameha Day Events in Hawaii

King Kamehameha Day was proclaimed in 1871 by King Kamehameha V, to honor his great grandfather, King Kamehameha I. The first King Kamehameha Day was on June 11, 1872, and it was one of the first holidays to be proclaimed when Hawaii became a state in 1959. June 11, 2010 will be the 94th annual King Kamehameha Day in Hawaii

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Oahu King Kamehameha Day Events

June 11, 2010
Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping Ceremony (Aliiolani Hale)
The 2010 King Kamehameha Commission (KKC) Lei Draping Ceremony will take place at the King Kamehameha Statue in the historic capitol district of Downtown Honolulu on Friday, June 11, 2010. The statue is located across the street from the Iolani Palace, in front of the Aliiolani Hale. The Royal Hawaiian Band will perform at 11:00 a.m. and the statue draping ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. The statue will be decorated with 25 foot long floral tributes.

June 12, 2010
Oahu King Kamehameha Day Parade (Fort DeRussy Park to the Iolani Palace)
The floral parade held in Honolulu every June, to honor the memory of King Kamehameha, is the longest parade in Hawaii. The 94th Annual Honolulu King Kamehameha Day Parade will take place on Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The parade will have a new route in 2010: It will begin in Waikiki's Fort DeRussey Park, and proceed down Kalakaua Avenue to Ala Moana Boulevard, to Punchbowl Street, to King Street, and end at the Iolani Palace, located at the corner of South King Street and Richards Street in the historic Capitol District of Downtown Honolulu

June 12, 2010
Oahu King Kamehameha Day Hoolaulea (Festival) (Iolani Palace)
Immediately following the King Kamehameha Parade there will be a King Kamehameha Day Festival on the grounds of the Iolani Palace with live entertainment, food booths, cultural demonstrations, and educational exhibits.

June 25-26, 2010
King Kamehameha Hula Competition (Blaisdell Center)
Annual hula contest in Honolulu with separate chant, traditional hula, and modern hula competitions. The 37th Annual King Kamehameha Hula Competition took place on Friday and Saturday, June 25-26, 2010 at the Neal Blaisdell Center Arena in Honolulu.

Big Island King Kamehameha Day Events

North Kohala is the birthplace of King Kamehameha I and every year, on King Kamehameha Day, there is an important celebration in the Northeast Hawaii towns of Kapaau and Hawi. There is also a King Kamehameha festival and celebration in the East Hawaii town of Hilo.

June 11, 2010
Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping Ceremony (Kapaau)
The North Kohala King Kamehameha Celebration begins with an opening ceremony in North Kohala that includes historic presentations, hula and music performances, and a flower lei draping ceremony at the King Kamehameha Statue in Kapaau. The ceremony takes place every year on the birthday of King Kamehameha, June 11, and it usually starts about 8:00 a.m. The Hawaii Island statue of King Kamehameha is located on the lawn of the Kapaau Civic Center in Hapaau.

June 11, 2010
Kamehameha Day Floral Parade (Hawi to Kapaau)
Annual parade honoring King Kamehameha with a route that begins in Hawi and proceeds down Akoni Pule Highway, to the King Kamehameha Statue, and ending in Kamehameha Park. The parade takes place every year on the birthday of King Kamehameha, June 11, and it usually begins about 9:00 a.m.

Kamehameha Day Hoolaulea (Festival) (King Kamehameha Park in Kapaau)
The annual King Kamehameha Festival in North Kohala features live entertainment by some of Hawaii's top musicians and singers, exhibits, demonstrations, and local style food. The festival takes place every year at the Kohala Cultural Center in Hawi on the birthday of King Kamehameha, June 11, and it typically runs from about 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Information about the 2010 event TBA.

North Kohala is the birthplace of King Kamehameha I and there is an important celebration there every year on King Kamehameha Day. The event features a lei draping ceremony, a parade, an all day festival, and a slack key guitar workshop featuring Cyril Pahinui and John Keawe. The North Kohala King Kamehameha Day celebration is organized by the Kohala Hawaiian Civic Club.
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  • The 2009 King Kamehameha Day Celebration in North Kohala took place on June 11, 2009 and the event featured an 8:00 a.m. Kamehameha statue lei draping ceremony in Kapaau, a 9:00 a.m. parade from downtown Hawi to the King Kamehameha statue in Kapaau, and a 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hoolaulea at Kamehameha Park. There was also a week-long slack key guitar workshop featuring Cyril Pahinui and John Keawe that will take place for the 2nd time in 2010. Note that the official Web site for the North Kohala King Kamehameha Day Celebration at kamehamehadaycelebration.org is no longer online.

    Hilo Kamehameha Festival (East Hawaii Island)
    The Annual Hilo Kamehameha Festival takes place every year, on June 11, in the East Hawaii town of Hilo. Performances and activities include traditional Hawaiian Games, and an all day hoolaulea (festival) featuring traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music, hula performances, a Hawaiian chant competition, cultural presentations, Hawaiian food, and arts and craft booths. The Hilo Kamehameha Festival is presented by Mamala Hoa of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I.

    Maui King Kamehameha Day Events

    June 12, 2010
    Lahaina Kamehameha Pau Parade (West Maui)
    This colorful floral parade through the center of Lahaina features Pau riders on horses decorated with flowers representing each of Hawaii's largest islands. The parade also features marching bands and floats, all honoring Hawaii's King Kamehameha I. The 2010 Lahaina King Kamehameha Day Parade will take place on Saturday, June 12, 2010 beginning at 9:45 a.m. The parade will proceed down Front Street from Kenui Street to Shaw Street.

    June 12, 2010
    Lahaina Kamehameha Day Hoolaulea (West Maui)
    An all-day family festival honoring Hawaiian King Kamehameha I featuring pau dressing and riding demonstrations, an awards ceremony, arts and crafts, local style food, and live Hawaiian Entertainment. The 2010 Lahaina Kamehameha Day Hoolaulea will take place on June 12, 2010, at Keawaiki Park (aka Banyan Tree Park) immediately following the Lahaina Kamehameha Day Parade.

    Wailea King Kamehameha Day Celebration (South Maui)
    the King Kamehameha Day Celebration held every year at the Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa in South Maui features a traditional chant, ancient hula performances, a lei presentation, and Hawaiian craft displays by local artists. The date of the 2010 Wailea King Kamehameha Day Celebration will be posted here when it has been announced.

    Kauai King Kamehameha Day Events

    Lihue King Kamehameha Day Parade (Southeast Kauai)
    Rice Street from the Vidinha Stadium to the Historic County Building. In 2009 the event was held on May 30, about a week and a half before the actual King Kamehameha Day. 2010 date TBA. Lihue King Kamehameha Day Hoolaulea (Southeast Kauai)
    Held at the historic Kauai County Building. In 2009 the event was held on May 30, about a week and a half before the actual King Kamehameha Day. 2010 date TBA.



    King Kamehameha Day Celebration Commission
    The Web site of the State of Hawaii King Kamehameha Celebration Commission usually includes information about King Kamehameha Day events on Oahu Island, Hawaii Island, and Kauai Island.

    See also:
  • Oahu Statue of King Kamehameha I
  • Big Island Statue of King Kamehameha I
  • Maui Statue of King Kamehameha I
  • Washington DC Statue of King Kamehameha I
  • About King Kamehameha I



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