Save the Date!
After a two-year hiatus, we are looking forward to celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the King Kamehameha Day Holiday with Hawaiian music, plenty of ‘ono grindz, and local artisans and craftsmen! Join us at the Ho‘olaule‘a on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Hulihe‘e Palace in Historic Kailua Village, following the King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade. Stay tuned for more info!
FUN FACT: On December 22, 1871, King Kamehameha V proclaimed a national holiday to honor and celebrate his grandfather and the father of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Originally, the people of Hawai‘i wanted to mark the legacy of Lot Kapūaiwa (Kamehameha V) on his birthday, December 11. Being the humble ali‘i that he was, he opted to honor his grandfather instead and pushed the holiday as far away from his (Lot’s) birthday as possible, hence the arbitrary date of June 11. Thus, June 11, 1872, was the very first Kamehameha Day holiday ever celebrated.
Brought to you in partnership with the King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade, Kailua-Kona, with funding from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.