In the state of Hawaii, June 11 marks King Kamehameha Day, a holiday that celebrates Kamehameha the Great, who unified the Kingdom of Hawaii consisting of the eight Hawaiian islands in 1795. He was Hawaii’s first monarch and king.
The annual holiday is celebrated throughout the state with events that honor the memory of King Kamehameha and the history of Hawaii.
In North Kohala, on the island of Hawaii where King Kamehameha was born, June 11 is celebrated with the King Kamehameha Festival, featuring a parade, music and food.
On Oahu, visitors and residents alike can look forward to the annual King Kamehameha Floral Parade held this year on Saturday, June 14. The parade begins at 9 AM in Downtown Honolulu at the corner of King and Richards Streets and ends at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. Enjoy music from marching bands and Hawaii’s Royal Hawaiian Band, floats adorned with plants and flowers native to the islands, traditional pa‘u riders and much more.
Click here for a full list of events. See below for highlights.
Island of O`ahu
June 11 | 3:00 p.m. – King Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping Ceremony
June 14 | 9:00 a.m. – The 98th annual King Kamehameha Floral Parade and Ho`olaule`a
Island of Hawai`i
June 11 | 9:00 a.m. – Kamehameha Day ho`olaule`a at Mokuola (Coconut Island)
June 14| 9:00 a.m. – King Kamehameha Parade along Ali`i Drive (Kailua-Kona)
Island of Kaua`i
June 14 | 9:00 a.m. – Kamehameha parade and ho`olaule`(Lihue)
How do you traditionally celebrate King Kamehameha Day?