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CANCELED – Lei Draping in Honolulu, Oahu at 2:30 p.m.
June 12, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm HST
King Kamehameha Celebration has been canceled
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, Kohala 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. Click here to learn more.
During the reign of King Kalākaua, seventh monarch and last king of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a statue honoring Kamehameha the Great was commissioned in Florence, Italy to commemorate the founder of the Kingdom. On its way from Europe, the ship carrying the bronze statue sank off the Falkland Islands. Fortunately, insurance covered the cost of striking a second statue. In the meantime, the first statue was recovered, and Honolulu soon had two statues. To honor the birthplace of Kamehameha, King Kalākaua gifted the original statue to the people of Kohala. The second statue proudly stands in front of Ali‘iōlani Hale, home to Hawai‘i’s Supreme Court and the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center.
Those wishing to pay tribute by presenting lei or ho‘okupu should adhere to the following:
The following is the protocol for the King Kamehameha Statue, on the Island of O‘ahu per the guidance of and pursuant to Hawai‘i Revised Statutes 8-5.
• Those wishing to present lei, keep in mind that only natural, biodegradable plant materials are to be used.
• No food items, liquids (libations), rocks, crystals, or candles please.
Photo: Dino Morrow Photography
2021 festivities have been canceled due to COVID-19. For a full line-up of live streaming information, please visit www.hawaii.com/kamehamehaday!
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