King Kamehameha Day
June 11th is King Kamehameha Day in Hawaii
King Kamehameha Day is celebrated every year in Hawaii on all of the inhabited islands to commemorate King Kamehameha I, the greatest warrior king of Hawaii.
King Kamehameha I is known in Hawaii for uniting the Hawaiian Islands under one kingdom and one rule.
Every year the holiday is celebrated with an abundance of flowers, parades, dancing, singing, eating and drinking.
The party atmosphere can be found on every island, in every city and in just about every major town. It is a day of celebration that we from Hawaii are proud to call our own.
King Kamehameha Staue in Front of Ali'iolani Hale in Honolulu
The celebration of King Kamehameha Day in Hawaii begins in the morning with the opening ceremony of draping the statues with long lengths of flower leis. There are 4 statues of the past ruling Monarch of the Hawaiian islands.
The original statue resides in the North Kohala area of the Big Island of Hawaii in a small town named Kapa`au. Kapa`au is a short distance from the birthplace of King Kamehameha the Great at Kokoiki. The second statue is in Hilo, the capital of the Big Island.
The third statue is the one most people are familiar with on the island of Oahu in Honolulu. This King Kamehameha statue resides in front of the Ali'iolani Hale, formerly the seat of government for the Kingdom of Hawai`i. It is currently being used as the Hawai`i State Supreme Court, and is located across the street from Iolani Palace.
The last statue was erected in Washington, DC. at National Statuary Hall. It is the only statue of King Kamehameha made with gold. Every year, on Kamehameha Day, there is a ceremony in Washington in honor of the King. The statue is draped with flower leis from Hawai'i and hula dancers put on a Hawai'ian show.
King Kamehameha Statue in Washington, DC. at National Statuary Hall
The Story of Kamehameha the Great
Decorating KIng Kam Statue with Leis on King Kamehameha Day
The weekend long celebration for Kamehameha Day begins with the Lei Draping ceremony. Every island in the Hawai'ian chain holds their own celebrations, however, only two islands have the Lei Draping ceremony.
A Lei Draping ceremony is held on both islands (Oahu and the Big Island of Hawai'i) for both island statues. There are many volunteers that participate in picking, stringing and draping the 13 feet long leis. Piling the leis on the statues is a Hawaiian tradition.
Information on scheduled activities planned on all the islands for this years 2015 celebration, please go to Hawaii.gov
King Kamehameha I - Honolulu
Kapa`au King Kamehameha Statue Draped in Leis
The Kamehameha Day Celebration Kicks Off with a Parade
King Kam Day Parade
Every island has a parade to start of the King Kamehameha Holiday Celebration.
One of the wonderful things about a Hawai`ian style parade are the floats. All of the float material must be made of all natural floral materials, similar to the Rose Bowl Parade in California.
The floats must be made out entirely of plants, flowers, seeds and nuts. It can sometimes take weeks to make these floats and I have personally stayed up all night the night before the parade to work on a parade float for the following day.
Working until the wee hours of the morning putting flowers and ti leaves into chicken wire on the floats is not an easy job, but the results are gorgeous and well worth the effort! This is an island tradition that we love and take great pride in.
An Example of a Flower and Hawaiian Ti Leaf Parade Float - Made by the Ko'oauloa Hawaiian Civic Club
The flowers used on this float are red ginger, anthurium, heliconia and proteus. There are also several varieties of fern and two species of ti leaf, both the red and green.
King Kamehameha's Royal Court
Each Parade Begins with a Reenactment of the Royal Court
Following the King's Royal Court are the pa`u riders on horseback. The pa`u riders are the princesses representing each island along with their attendants. Each island princess and her attendants are dresses in the colors represent their island and are wearing the flowers representing their respective islands as well.
Uncovering Pa'u ~ An Introduction from Maui
Explaining pa`u riders history and the work involved with preparing for Hawaiian parades such as the Kamehameha Day Parade.
This is really an excellent educational video showing how the pa`us are wrapped, the creation of the leis and lei po'os and so much more. It is well worth the time to watch.
Pa'u Riders Prepare for King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade
Island of Hawai`i - Pa`u Princess, Attendants and Out Riders
Honolulu Parade Pa`u Rider - The Big Island of Hawai`i - The Flower Representing the Island of Hawai`i is the Lehua Blossom from the Ohia Tree
This is the Princess representing the Big Island of Hawai`i in a Honolulu, Oahu King Kamehameha Day Parade.
Island of Hawaii Pa`u Rider - Honolulu King Kamehameha Day Parade
Oahu Parade - Big Island of Hawaii Pa`u Out Rider
Island of Oahu - Pa`u Princess, Attendants and Out Riders
Pa'u Out Rider Representing Oahu - Honolulu, Oahu King Kamehameha Parade
Honolulu Parade Pa`u Princess Rider - The Island of Oahu - The Flower Representing the Island of Oahu is the Pua `ilima
This is the Pa'u Princess representing the Island of O'ahu in a Honolulu King Kamehameha Day Parade.
Pa'u Rider Attendant Representing Oahu
Pa'u Rider Attendant and Out Rider for Oahu - Honolulu/Waikiki King Kam Parade
Kailua-Kona Parade - Island of Oahu Pa`u Princess and Riders - Kailua-Kona, Big Island King Kamehameha Day Parade
Island of Maui - Pa`u Princess and Attendants
Honolulu King Kam Parade - Pa`u Rider - The Island of Maui Princess - The Flower Representing the Island of Maui is the Pua `lokelani (Rose)
Honolulu King Kam Parade - Pa`u Rider - The Island of Maui
Maui Pau Attendant Rider in Honolulu King Kamehameha Day Parade
Honolulu Parade - Maui Pa`u Out Riders
Island of Moloka`i - Pa`u Princess, Attendants and Out Riders
Honolulu King Kam Parade - Pa`u Rider - The Island of Moloka'i Princess - The Flower Representing the Island of Moloka'i is the Pua Kukui (Candlenut)
Pau Attendant Representing Island of Moloka'i - Honolulu's King Kamehameha Day Parade
Kailua-Kona's Pau Attendant Riders in King Kamehameha Day Parade - Representing Island of Molokai
Pa'u Out Rider Representing the Isalnd of Moloka'i
Island of Kaua`i - Pa`u Princess, Attendants and Out Riders
Kaua'i's King Kamehameha Day Parade - Pa`u Rider - The Island of Kaua'i Princess - The Flower Representing the Island of Moloka'i is the Pua Mokihana
King Kamehameha Day Parade - Pa`u Rider - The Island of Kaua`i Princess
Pa'u Attendant Rider Representing the Island of Kaua'i in King Kamehameha Day Parade
Pa`u Out Rider Representing the Island of Kaua'i
Island of Ni'ihau - Pa`u Princess, Attendants and Out Riders
The Island of Niihau Pa`u Princess Wearing the Leis of Rare Niihau - Kahelelani Seashells
Kailua-Kona King Kam Parade - Niihau Pau Rider Attendant
Pa'u Out Rider Representing the Island of Ni'ihau
Island of Lana'i - Pa`u Princess, Attendants and Out Riders
Honolulu King Kam Parade - Pa`u Rider - The Island of Lana'i Princess - The Flower Representing the Island of Lana'i is the Kauna`oa
Kohala's King Kamehameha Day Parade - Princess from Lana'i
Kailua-Kona King Kamehameha Day Parade
Island of Kahoolawe - Pa`u Princess, Attendants and Out Riders
Kailua-Kona's King Kam Day Parade - Pa`u Rider - The Island of Kaho'olawe Princess - Represented by Leis of Hinahina - Spanish Moss
Island of Kaho'olawe Pa`u Rider Attendants - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii King Kamehameha Day Parade
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Highlights of Past Honolulu - Waikiki King Kamehameha Day Parades
Kamehameha School Marching Band - Honolulu/Waikiki King Kam Day Parade
Flower Float with the Hawaiian Flag - King Kam Parade Honolulu/Waikiki
King's Royal Guard Float - Honolulu/Waikiki King Kamehameha Day Parade
Honolulu, Hawaii King Kamehameha Day Parade - Island of Oahu - June 12 2011
King Kamehameha Day Parade 200th Anniversary of Kingdom of Hawaii - June 11 2010 - Honolulu
Kamehameha Day Parade 2014
Highlights of Past Kailua-Kona King Kamehameha Day Parades
Royal Order of Kamehameha - King Kamehameha Parade in Kailua-Kona
Daughters of Hawaii - Riding their Horses in the King Kamehameha Day Parade
Parade Carriage in Kailua-Kona King Kam Parade
Pony Pooper Scooper King Kamehameha Parade in Kailua-Kona - Festive Way to Keep the Streets Clean from the Ponies
King Kamehameha Day Parade in Kailua-Kona 2013
Highlights of the Kapa'au King Kamehameha Day Parades
Island of Molokini Pa`u Princess - Kapa`au King Kamehameha Day Parade - Home of the King
This is the first time I have ever seen Molokini Island represented. Molokini is a tiny crescent shaped uninhabited island in the Hawaiian Island chain. It does not have a color or a flower.