The Daughters of Hawai‘i and Calabash Cousins present “Afternoon at Hulihe‘e” at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 11 at Hulihe‘e Palace to remember King Kamehameha I, Pai‘ea (1738-1819).
Come and enjoy the voices of the Merrie Monarchs, performing arts by Kumu Hula Etua Lopes and his Hālau Na Pua U‘i O Hawai‘i and the West Hawai‘i County Band. “Afternoon at Hulihe‘e” is part of the Palace’s series of free monthly concerts that honor Hawai‘i’s past monarchs and historical figures; donations are appreciated. Kindly bring a beach mat or chair as seating is not provided.
Born in Kohala on Hawai‘i Island, Kamehameha moved the heavy Naha stone as a teen—a feat that prophesied he would rule the island chain. In battle, Kamehameha overtook the Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Moloka‘i and O‘ahu; he put Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau under his sovereignty by diplomacy. By 1810, the Kingdom of Hawai‘i was established and Kamehameha moved his court from Waikīkī to Kailua-Kona.After Kamehameha formed his island kingdom he attempted to modify the impact of war on innocent citizens caught in the conflict so he issued an edict to protect women, children and the elderly from arbitrary attack. Kamehameha also instituted a law to protect the weak from the strong, recalling a blow he suffered as a young warrior when his foot was caught in a rock crevice. The opponent hit Kamehameha with a canoe paddle that splintered at impact and the command later became known as the Law of the Splintered Paddle. The king died in 1819 in Kailua-Kona.
Hulihe‘e Palace is open for docent-guided and self-guided tours. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sundays.