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 naleo.tv/channel-53/, 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.
2021 King Kamehameha Celebration TV Program
On June 7 through 11, tune into Hawaii News Now (KGMB, and KFVE Channels 1006 and 1007) at 7am - 8 am learn about the celebrations honoring the life and legacy of the man who united the Hawaiian Kingdom, Kamehameha I.
Festivities on Oʻahu
Lei Draping in Honolulu, Oʻahu
Expect to see cultural protocols and pageantry, along with beautiful hand-made lei being draped on the outstretched arms of King Kamehameha.
Festivities on the Island of Hawaiʻi
Lei Draping in Hilo, Hawaiʻi
Expect to see cultural protocols along with beautiful hand-made lei being draped on the outstretched arms of King Kamehameha.
King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade & Ho‘olaule‘a, Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi
Resplendent in the foliage and colors of each island, beautiful women and handsome men make their way along the Parade route.
Ola e Kamehameha I at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaiʻi
On Tuesday, June 11 in honor of King Kamehameha Day, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai will host a “kakahiaka (morning) greeting”.
Kamehameha Festival, Hilo, Hawaiʻi
The Kamehameha Festival pays tribute to Kamehameha and acts to protect, preserve, and perpetuate, the Hawaiian culture.
Lei Draping in Kohala, Hawaiʻi
Expect to see cultural protocols along with beautiful hand-made lei being draped on the statue of King Kamehameha.
Festivities on Kaua‘i, Maui, and Moloka‘i
King Kamehameha Ho‘olaule‘a Celebration, Kauai
King Kamehameha Ho‘olaule‘a Celebration on Saturday, June 8, 2019 hosted on the beautiful Kauai Marriott Luau Grounds overlooking Kalapaki Bay
Na Kamehameha Commemorative Paʻu Parade & Hoʻolauleʻa, Lahaina, Maui
Enjoy live announcers and Hawaiian music from the Commentary Stations.
Kamehameha Day Parade, Moloka‘i
Sunday, June 16, 2019 Parade starts at 9:30 am in the center of town.
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