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King Kamehameha Day

Celebrating the King Kamehameha Day

King Kamehameha was prophesied to unite the Hawaiian Islands from the night of his birth. A comet streaked across the sky fulfilling an ancient prophesy that the child born under this phenomenon would one day rise up as ruler. King Kamehameha the Great demonstrated strength and intelligence as he created a unified island kingdom from what was once warring tribes. For this, we honor him.

Due to the continuing threat and uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the King Kamehameha Celebration Commission announces the cancellation of all King Kamehameha Celebration Commission parade events statewide. The Lei Draping Ceremonies have been cancelled statewide; however, private ceremonies will take place in Hilo and Honolulu, at undisclosed times. The ceremonies are closed to the public, and we ask for your cooperation in respecting this. The ceremonies will be posted for viewing on our social media feeds.

"The decision to cancel these major, statewide events was made with the health and safety of our island communities and kūpuna in mind. While we are hopeful that the worst of the COVID-19 health crisis is behind us, we feel it prudent to cancel these events that draw large crowds to both prepare for and attend. This allows all involved in King Kamehameha Celebration festivities across the state to focus on matters important to health, welfare, and economy. We look forward to a return to in-person festivities commemorating and celebrating King Kamehameha I in 2022," said Kainoa Daines, Chair of the King Kamehameha Celebration Commission. He added, "The Commission is preparing and looks forward to the 150th anniversary of the Kamehameha Day Holiday in 2022."

Join in the Celebration

We invite you to view private ceremonies honoring King Kamehameha I on social media @kingkamehamehacelebration.

On Hawaiʻi Island watch on Nā Leo TV, the Hilo Lei Draping Ceremony will be broadcasted from 5pm-6pm, locally on Spectrum Channel 53, online at, on Facebook @naleotv, and streaming on free NLTV mobile app.

On Oʻahu watch on the private ceremony ʻŌlelo channel 53 for both Spectrum and Hawaiian Telcom, and ʻŌlelo channel 1053(HD) on Hawaiian Telcom on 6/11/2021-12:30pm, 6/23/2021-6:00pm, 6/24/2021-8:00am, 6/25/2021-4:00pm, 6/27/2021-10:00pm.


Celebration Sponsors

King Kamehameha Celebration
Kamehameha Schools
Royal Hawaiian Center
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