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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.

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.


“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 will be behind us by June, we feel the prudent response at this time is to cancel our events so that all involved in our respective King Kamehameha Celebration festivities across the state can focus on matters important to health, welfare and economy. We look forward to commemorating and celebrating Kamehameha Pai‘ea in 2021,” said Kainoa Daines, Chair of the King Kamehameha Celebration Commission. He added, “The Commission will prepare for next year’s festivities and the 150th anniversary of the Kamehameha Day Holiday in 2022.”

Festivities on Oʻahu

Festivities on the Island of Hawaiʻi

Festivities on Kaua‘i, Maui, and Moloka‘i

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Celebration Sponsors

Support provided by Hawai‘i Tourism through the Community Enrichment Program


Pan-Pacific Festival
Hawaii Tourism Authority
City & County of Honolulu
Kamehameha Schools
Papa Ola Lokahi
Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Hawaii.com
Southwest Airlines
Aloha Hawaii Tour
'Ōlelo Community Media
'Hawai‘i Pacific University
'Tidal Wave Entertainment
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