KAMEHAMEHA DAY CELEBRATIONS
June 11, 2017 in North Kohala, Kona, and Hilo
Kamehameha Day is a state holiday with some really impressive celebrations on the Big Island – the home of King Kamehameha the Great, who conquered and united all of the Hawaiian Islands into one Kingdom in 1795. If you are in North Kohala, you can see the statue of King Kamehameha decked out in 25-foot floral leis. This is a great day to see a parade with hula groups and traditional Pa’u riders – women on horseback dressed in colorful traditional dresses and draped with flowers – representing each of the Hawaiian Islands. There are also community festivals with live music, hula and traditional craft demonstrations, delicious food, and craft vendors.
North Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebrations – Hawi & Kapa’au (birthplace of King Kamehameha I)
See the very special Kamehameha Day Celebrations in King Kamehameha’s birth place! In the morning, the statue of King Kamehameha is adorned with 25-foot floral leis. After this, there is an amazing floral parade on the highway from Hawi to Kapa’au with Pa’u Riders, floats, and dancers. The parade ends in Kamehameha Park where festivities continue all afternoon with food vendors, a craft market, Hula dancers, live music, and educational demonstrations. For more information about the festival, see their website.
Kamehameha Day Parade & Free Concert – Kailua-Kona
Kona’s Kamehameha Day Celebrations feature a colorful floral parade through Kona’s historic Kailua Village with flowers, hula groups, Pa’u riders, and marching bands. Afterwards, there is a Music & Art Festival on the grounds at the Hulihe’e Palace, with a Free Concert featuring some great Hawaiian music artists. For more information about the festival, see their website.
Kamehameha Festival – Hilo
The Kamehameha Day celebrations in Hilo take place on Mokuola (a.k.a. Coconut Island) in Hilo Bay. The Kamehameha Festival features Hawaiian musicians & stunning hula performances. Enjoy delicious food and visit the arts & crafts fair. For more information, please see the festival’s website.