Although King Kamehameha Day is Monday, June 11, 2012, the annual lei draping ceremony at the downtown Honolulu Kamehameha I statue
took place on Friday, June 8.
Discover Hawaii Tours was on-location to capture the event.
Every year, residents and visitors surround the Kamehameha I statue to witness the lei draping, where Honolulu firefighters carefully place over dozens of flower leis on the King’s extended arms.
Video: Kamehameha Day Lei Draping Ceremony 2012
Recap of the ceremony
These are some of the biggest flower leis you will ever see in Hawaii—up to 25 feet in length! The firefighters would place about 6-8 leis at a time onto the statue.
At the event, announcers talked about the history of the Hawaiian Islands and the King Kamehameha statue (did you know? There are 5 statues in the country). Also at the ceremony were performers, including a hula performance and Hawaiian chant. The Royal Hawaiian Band, founded in 1836 by Kamehameha III, performed at the ceremony as well.
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from the Kamehameha Celebration parade.