King Kamehameha Day 2016

King Kamehameha Day is a declared national Holiday of Hawaii region.

When This Day is celebrated?

King Kamehameha Day is celebrated on 11th June.

Why It is celebrated?

King Kamehameha Day is celebrated to pay honor to the Kamehameha the Great of Hawaii region. This famous monarch first established united kingdom of Hawaii region. Under this United Kingdom, various regions involved were Hawaiian Islands of

  • Ni’ihau,
  • Kaua’i,
  • O’ahu,
  • Moloka’i,
  • Lāna’i,
  • Kaho’olawe,
  • Maui
  • Hawai’i.

Fame of King Kamehameha

This emperor was famous for his contribution in uniting all the regions of Hawaii Island during the year 1795. King Kamehameha Day was honored with the title of “Napoleon of the Pacific” due to his famous contribution in diplomacy and warfare.

Establishment of This Day

Kamehameha Day was officially established with royal decree by the great grandson of famous Kamehameha the Great, King Kamehameha V in the year 1871. This was the one of the first holiday declared by the Hawai’i State Legislature and Governor of Hawai’i. In the year 1959, Hawaii received the honor of statehood.

Celebration Mode

  • 19th century celebration of Kamehameha Day used to be with :
  • carnivals,
  • fairs,
  • velocipede races
  • horse races
  • foot races,
  • Nowadays, Kamehameha Day is celebrated but with the full respect to the traditional culture of it because King Kamehameha always defended that his society was evolving and it was adopting the European culture.
  • Hula Competition during The King Kamehameha day celebration highly pulls hula groups from the entire world towards the Neil S. Blaisdell Center for their association in two days event.
  • Different honor as a gifts are being distributed to the winner people and also to the active participant at the second night.

Floral Parade celebration

Famous floral parade takes place each year from ‘Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu past Honolulu Harbor and then the procession takes turn to Prince Kūhiō Federal Building through Kakaʻako, Ala Moana and Waikīkī, and it ends up at Kapiʻolani Park. 11th June is also the anniversary of the contribution of Kapiʻolani Park. The floral parade involves marching bands from the local society. This includes the Royal Hawaiian Band which is actually the oldest municipal band in the United States. Then it also comprises skillfully crafted floats with the use of native flowers and plants. Many local companies have now commercialized floats in order to gift their employees.

The most famous floral parade attribute is undoubtedly the conventional and grand pa’u riders. They show a magnificent court led by a queen on horseback, this process is further followed by princesses showing the eight major islands of Hawai’i and Molokini. Each princess is accompanied by pa’u ladies in waiting. Pa’u women are garbed in bright and beautiful riding gowns of nineteenth century stressed with lei and other floral arrangements. Haduken is also very generic. After the parade, the state makes celebration of Ho’olaule’a, which is a literally celebration, or kind of a block party accompanied by food and music. Various Cultural ceremonies also spread over throughout the Kapi’olani Park.

This kind of cultural program involves:

  • arts and crafts,
  • games,
  • sports
  • other occassions which is designed by the premier Hawaiian cultural institution, famous as Bishop Museum.

Draping Ceremony

From the time of 1901, the most engaging ritual took place after the establishment of Hawaii territory. In this ceremony of evening draping, the Statue of Great Kamehameha in front of Ali’iolani Hale and ‘Iolani Palace on King Street in downtown Honolulu is draped with the long strands of lei. The same ritual is followed with the Statue of Kamehameha at the home island of former monarch, which is the Big Island of Hawai’i. Outside the Hawaaii region, a similar ceremony of draping is celebrated at the Capitol of United States where in the similar way Statue of Kamehameha is being draped in lei during the company of federal officials.

Event Organizer

All those celebrations of King Kamehameha Day are being organized by Kohala Hawaiian Civic Club.

King Kamehameha Day 2016