Hawaii celebrates Kamehameha Day with parades, cultural events. Here’s where to go.by: Derek Paiva
posted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 at 12:51 PM
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King Kamehameha Day events on the Big Island and Maui
The Big Island
• June 10, 5 p.m. — Lei draping of King Kamehameha Statue in Hilo Bayfront Park by royal societies and the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association.
• June 11, 10 a.m.-all day — Kamehameha Festival at Moku Ola in Hilo. A daylong celebration (pictured, right) on the small island park in Hilo Bay, featuring hula and live music, cultural demonstrations, food booths and Hawaii-made arts and crafts booths. Click here for more info.
• June 11, 8 a.m.-all day – North Kohala King Kamehameha Day celebration and parade. The Big Island region that is Kamehameha the Great’s birthplace celebrates with a blessing and lei draping of its statue of the king (pictured, below), chant and hula. A floral parade through Hawi and Kapaau, beginning at 9 a.m., ends at Kamehameha Park, where a daylong celebration will feature hula and musical entertainment, food booths, craft demonstrations and artist booths. Click here for more info.
• June 12, 9 a.m.-all day — Lahaina Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pā ‘ū Parade and Ho‘olaule‘a. The annual Lahaina town tradition begins at 9 a.m. with opening ceremonies and a daylong ho‘olaule‘a (celebration) at Banyan Tree Park with entertainment, food booths and craft and artist booths. The parade begins at 9:45 a.m. on Front Street.
Photos: King Kamehameha Celebration Commission (pg. 1, bottom), Kamehameha Festival (pg. 2, top), North Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration & Parade (pg. 2, bottom)
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