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Kaua’i’s King Kamehameha Day Celebration (June 16, 2012)

About King Kamehameha Day

Kamehameha the Great united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810 and became its first king. Kamehameha Day is officially celebrated on June 11 and became a national holiday of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1871 in memory of the King. Today, Kamehameha festivals are held on all the major islands, which aim to protect, preserve, and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture.

King KamehamehaKing Kamehameha statue draped with lei

As part of the tradition, the Kamehameha statue, which stands in front of Ali’iolani Hale on O’ahu, is draped with dozens of lei in honor of the King. This is a community effort involving Hawaiian civic clubs and many volunteers to string tens of thousands of flowers to make leis.

Kauai’s King Kamehameha Day Event

Kaua’i will hold its Kamehameha Day event on Saturday, June 16. The celebration begins at 9:00am in Lihue with a parade featuring marching bands, decorated floats, local dignitaries, and community organizations.

The highlight of the parade is the mounted units with Pa’u princesses representing each of the eight Hawaiian islands. Each unit displays vibrant colors in stunning costumes and intricately crafted haku lei. Their beautiful horses are expertly “dressed” for the event in matching colors and lei.

Pa'u Princess

Beautifully adorned Pa’u Princess

Look out for Kaua’i’s princess who will be wearing purple, the official color of our island. The parade traverses along Rice St. and ends on the grounds of the historic Kaua’i County Building.

Kauai’s Ho’olaule’a (Festival) Details

The Ho’olaule’a (festival) begins at 10:00am and features Hawaiian dance, music, chant, arts and crafts. A variety of food and beverage selections are available for purchase. This is a wonderful event for the whole family to spend a day immersed in the Hawaiian culture.

Come and see what makes Kaua’i so special as we celebrate the life of Kamehameha the Great. Island residents and visitors alike will enjoy the sights and sounds of this traditional event…Kaua’i style.

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Cate McCann Fleming

June 12, 2012

It sounds like an awesome event for everyone! I have never been to a parade on this island, so sounds like I should pack the family up and go. My daughter will love the princesses 🙂

Cate McCann Fleming

June 12, 2012

It sounds like an awesome event for everyone! I have never been to a parade on this island, so sounds like I should pack the family up and go. My daughter will love the princesses 🙂

Marisa Kagan

June 13, 2012

I love parades, sounds like a good time!

Marisa Kagan

June 13, 2012

I love parades, sounds like a good time!

Claire K. Bajo

June 14, 2012

Happy King Kamehameha Day Parade! The Pa’u Princesses are a work of art when you see them passing by.. their colors, and the lei they dress in with the horses draped in flowers too .. stunning! Mahalo for posting Shaylyn!

Claire K. Bajo

June 14, 2012

Happy King Kamehameha Day Parade! The Pa’u Princesses are a work of art when you see them passing by.. their colors, and the lei they dress in with the horses draped in flowers too .. stunning! Mahalo for posting Shaylyn!

Heidi White

June 15, 2012

Oh so much fun! Kona is also having our King Kamehameha parade on Saturday June 16, 2012.
It’s my favorite parade, next to the Kona Coffee parade!

Heidi White

June 15, 2012

Oh so much fun! Kona is also having our King Kamehameha parade on Saturday June 16, 2012.
It’s my favorite parade, next to the Kona Coffee parade!

Kelly Joudon

June 15, 2012

Thank you for reminding all of us about this special event on Kauai and Island wide. Everyone should grab a child and a camera and enjoy the pageantry and celebration of King Kamehameha.

Kelly Joudon

June 15, 2012

Thank you for reminding all of us about this special event on Kauai and Island wide. Everyone should grab a child and a camera and enjoy the pageantry and celebration of King Kamehameha.

Naylene Aki

June 17, 2012

did anyone video tape the event?

Shaylyn Kimura, RA

June 18, 2012

My bet is on Dickie Chang of Wala’au Productions!

Naylene Aki

June 17, 2012

did anyone video tape the event?

Shaylyn Kimura, RA

June 18, 2012

My bet is on Dickie Chang of Wala’au Productions!

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