June 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the Annual King Kamehameha Day Floral Parade. Come celebrate the centennial of the longest parade route in the nation. The parade starts at 9 a.m. at the historic ‘lolani Palace in downtown Honolulu and marches on to Kapi’olani, stretching over four miles long. Following the parade, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the festivities continue with the King Kamehameha Celebration Hoʻolauleʻa (festival) at Kapiʻolani Park. The pageantry will include local food trucks, Hawaiian arts and crafts, live music from top performing artists, and other Hawaiian cultural practices.
This beloved national celebration dates back to 1871 when King Kamehameha V created the holiday to honor the memory of his grandfather, King Kamehameha I, who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810 and became Hawaii’s first king.
Can’t make it to the celebration in person? Don’t worry, it will be broadcasted and streamed live on OC 16 television so you can enjoy it right from the comfort of your own home.
Click here for a preview of this year’s parade.
Oahu Kamehameha Celebrations
Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping Ceremony at 3 p.m. in Downtown Honolulu.
Start your celebrations with one of the most photographed events in Hawaii. The King Kamehameha Statue stands about 15 feet high. During the ceremony, hundreds of feet of Plumeria flower leis will be strung like ropes around the statue. These fresh leis sewn by many participating individuals are extremely beautiful and a sight to see!
100th Anniversary King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade at 9 a.m. from ‘lolani Palace to Queen Kapi’olani Park.
King Kamehameha Celebration Ho’olaule’a, Kapi’olani Park, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Makers & Tasters Ho’olaule’a, Kewalo Basin, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Click here for the complete Kamehameha Day Festivals resource from Hawaii.com.