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Lei Draping in Hilo, Hawaiʻi
June 11, 2019 @ 3:00 am
The quaint town of Hilo on Hawai‘i Island once served as an important port for Hawai‘i’s first king, King Kamehameha the Great. The lei draping ceremony will begin on June 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Wailoa State Park. Expect to see cultural protocols along with beautiful hand-made lei being draped on the outstretched arms of King Kamehameha. Enjoy the music of the Hawai‘i County Band and the offering of lei, chant and dance.
Though not struck from the original bronze mold of Florence, the Hilo statue was also created in Italy, in the town of Vicenza in the 1960s. Meant for the island of Kaua‘i, the Princeville Corporation attempted to erect this statue in one of their new developments. This act was met with great opposition by the people of Kaua‘i as King Kamehameha never stepped foot on that island. Instead, it was negotiated to have the statue installed in Hilo via the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association, East Hawai‘i Chapter in June of 1997.
Photo: Hawaii Tribune-Herald
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