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CANCELED – Lei Draping in Honolulu, Oahu at 2:30 p.m.
June 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm HST
King Kamehameha Celebration has been canceled
April 20, 2020 – 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 events statewide, namely lei draping ceremonies, parades and ho`olaule`a’s, on and around the June 11th holiday. Click here to learn more.
Don’t miss this annual lei draping event on June 12 of the King Kamehameha statue at Ali‘iōlani Hale in downtown Honolulu. The lei draping ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. Expect to see cultural protocols and pageantry, along with beautiful hand-made lei being draped on the outstretched arms of King Kamehameha. Enjoy the music of the Royal Hawaiian Band and entertainment by Hula Hālau Mōhala ‘Ilima.
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.
All are welcome to join the regal women of ‘Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu in stringing 30 foot plumeria lei to serve as a base of lei on the statue – a tradition that has been carried on by these gracious ladies for nearly as long as the statue has stood.
Loose plumeria flowers may also be dropped off at the statue on the morning of June 12 to be added to the 30 foot strands. Drop off is at the tent erected adjacent to the statue from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Photo: Dino Morrow Photography
For a full line-up of events and live streaming information, please visit www.hawaii.com/kamehamehaday!
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