King Kamehameha Day has arrived once again in the Hawaiian Islands.
Draping of the Lei
Celebrated on June 10th
, this two-day event honors King Kamehameha I, the great ali’i that unified all the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. This year’s celebratory theme is Wahine Holo Lio
(woman on horseback).
Today, the festivities begin with the traditional draping of leis on the Kamehameha Statue, featuring a performance by The Royal Hawaiian Band. The ceremony runs from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Located on King Street, right across the street from Iolani Palace, this gorgeous ceremony is a favorite for both locals and visitors alike.
Saturday will play host to the 95th
annual King Kamehameha Day Parade. Starting at Iolani Palace at 9am, the parade will include women riding horses as they make their way down Ala Moana Boulevard and then through Waikiki. The parade ends at Kapiolani Park at noon, however, the festivities are far from over. From 10am to 4pm a celebration will ensue, featuring live entertainment, food stalls and cultural demonstrations for all to enjoy.