It’s the month of June and in Hawaii not only is it time to welcome the summer, but it’s also time to celebrate King Kamehameha Day. Plans are underway to honor and pay tribute to this revered Hawaiian monarch who united the Hawaiian Islands and established the Kingdom of Hawaii in the 19th century.
Here’s a collection of some of the top Kamehameha Day eventsi to help jump start your summer fun in Hawaii.
Hawaii Island: Hilo
Hawaiian dance, music, chant, exhibitions and handcrafts are featured at the Kamehameha Festival in Hilo. The time honored celebration was established to protect and preserve Hawaiian culture and traditions. This alcohol- and smoke-free event makes for an enjoyable day of family fun, and takes place at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 11 at Mokuola Island.
Hawaii Island: Kona
The King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade in Kailua-Kona takes place this Saturday, June 10, at 9:00 a.m. on scenic Alii Drive. Beautiful floral floats, Hawaiian horseback, pa’u, riders representing each island, marching bands and hula performers will make their way through the parade route, which begins near the Royal Kona Resort and passes through Historic Kailua Village and Kailua Pier. After the parade, a special Hawaiian music and arts festival, hoolaulea, will take place at the beautiful grounds of the historic Hulihee Palace.
This year’s theme, Wield the Paddles Together, Hookahi ka ilau like ana, honors Kauai’s Ocean Voyagers. The festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, with the King’s Parade & Celebration in Lihue, starting at the VIdinha Stadium. Pau island horse units, floral floats, walking and riding units will traverse their way through Lihue town, and end at the Historic County Building on Rice Street. Enjoy cultural demonstrations, delicious food and Hawaiian entertainment at the hoolaulea that follows.
Celebrating the Kamehameha lineage and legacy, the Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pau Parade and Hoolaulea take place on June 17–18 in West Maui. The parade will begin at 9:45 a.m. in Lahaina on Kenui Street, and will continue along Lahaina’s renowned Front Street. The hoolaulea will take place at the famous Banyan Tree, and will include exhibits, kids activities, food booths, crafts, music and hula performances. Festivities will continue the following day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The festivities start with an official lei draping of the King Kamehameha statue at Aliiiolani Hale in downtown Honolulu on Friday, June 9. The statue was sculpted in Florence, Italy, by Thomas Gould, and is one of the most photographed landmarks on the island.
On Saturday, June 10, at 9:00 a.m., a sea of floats adorned in fragrant and beautiful tropical flowers and plants, the Royal Court, marching bands and dancers, and local celebrities will line the streets of Honolulu at the 101st Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade. The parade begins at the historic Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu, and will make its way through scenic Waikiki to Queen Kapiolani Park at the end of Kalakaua Avenue, where live music, arts, food and jubilant celebration await.
Once you’ve had a chance to enjoy the festivities on land, contact us for a beautiful experience at sea.