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King Kamahameha Day 2011

King Kamehameha Day was proclaimed in 1871 by King Kamehameha V, to honor his great grandfather, King Kamehameha I. The first King Kamehameha Day was on June 11, 1872, and it was one of the first holidays to be proclaimed when Hawaii became a state in 1959. June 11, 2011 will be the 95th annual King Kamehameha Day in Hawaii.  

Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great, conquered the Hawaiian Islands and formally established the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi in 1810. By developing alliances with the major Pacific colonial powers, Kamehameha preserved Hawaiʻi's independence under his rule. Kamehameha is remembered for the Kanawai Mamalahoe, the "Law of the Splintered Paddle", which protects human rights of non-combatants in times of battle. Kamehameha's full Hawaiian name is Kalani Paiʻea Wohi o Kaleikini Kealiʻikui Kamehameha o ʻIolani i Kaiwikapu kaui Ka Liholiho Kūnuiākea.

There are events throughout the state, on all islands.  Here are a few of the events planned (on the Big Island and Oahu).  Unless noted otherwise, the events are planned for June 11, 2011.


North Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration

  • 8:00 am Lei Draping at the statue of King Kamehameha in Kapa'au;
  • 9:00 am Parade from Downtown Hawi to the Statue in Kapa'au
  • 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Ho'olaule'a (crafts fair) at Kamehameha Park top field - local exhibits, including saddle and lei making, Hawaiian health, quilting, and more. Ono food and live entertainment.

 Kamehameha Festival - Hilo

  • 10 am-5 pm at Moku Ola (Coconut Island)
  • This festival features features a ho'olaule'a with top Hawaii recording artists, hula halau and various cultural presentations.

King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade - Kailua-Kona

  • 9 am on Ali'i Drive in Kailua-Kona, featuring more than 90 horses, floats, marching bands, hula halau and regal pa'u riders on horseback. All eight Hawaiian islands will be represented by an equestrian unit, showcasing the colors and flora of each island. This year's theme is "Wahine Holo Lio (woman traveling by horseback), honoring the Noble Tradition of Pa'u Riding". Additional mounted units will include the parade queen, grand marshal and Daughters of Hawaii. The parade begins at 9 a.m. near Royal Kona Resort at Walua Road, passing through town to the Kailua Pier and up Palani Road to Kuakini Hwy., ending near the West Hawaii Today building.
  • A ho'olaulea will be held after the parade at Swing Zone near the Old Airport beginning at 10:30 a.m. Cultural workshops, exhibits, hula and live performances will be featured.  


Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping Ceremony (Aliiolani Hale) 
  • The 2011 King Kamehameha Commission (KKC) Lei Draping Ceremony will take place at the King Kamehameha Statue in the historic capitol district of Downtown Honolulu on Friday, June 10, 2011

King Kamahameha Celebration Floral Parade 

  • 9:30 am-12:00 pm  The longest parade in Hawaii, the event is expected to have  6,000 marchers, 50 vehicles, 10 floats & 8 bands.  It will start at King St./Richards St., to King St., to Punchbowl St., to Ala Moana Blvd., to Kalakaua Ave., to Monsarrat Ave., to end at Queen Kapi’olani Park.  
  • Immediately following the King Kamehameha Parade there will be a King Kamehameha Day Festival at Kapi'olani Park with live entertainment, food booths, cultural demonstrations and educational exhibits.
  • KFVE will be broadcasting on-air and live streaming the parade.

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