Our Locations Neighborhood Experts rounded up three fantastic events on Oahu to celebrate King Kamehameha over the three-day weekend. Every year on June 11, Hawai’i comes together to honor Kamehameha the Great, who unified the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. Spend the weekend celebrating the 146th annual Kamehameha Day Holiday with your family and friends enjoying live music, entertainment, and traditional ceremonies and performances.
Annual Lei Draping of the King Kamehameha Statue
Friday, June 8 | 3 - 5 p.m.
The ceremony begins at 3 p.m. at Aliʻiōlani Hale in downtown Honolulu. You will be able to see the infamous annual lei draping of the 30 foot plumeria lei placed at the base of the statue, followed by traditional royal court performances, music, and ceremonies. This year the entertainment will be joined by the Royal Hawaiian Band and Raiatea Helm.
102st Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade
Saturday, June 9 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The annual celebratory parade will start at 9 a.m. at the historic Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu and proceed to Queen Kapiolani Park at the end of Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. Find a spot on the Waikiki strip early, so you don’t miss the vibrantly decorated floats and regal horses lei’d for the occasion. For a map of the parade visit the event Facebook page. Following the parade, a Hoʻolauleʻa will be awaiting the procession at 11 a.m. at Kapiolani Park. Enjoy the rest of the day with local food, music, and entertainment.
45th Annual King Kamehameha Hula Competition
Saturday, June 9 | Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall
This annual hula competition is from 1 to 5 p.m. (doors open at noon) at the Neil S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. General Admission is $9 and Premium General Admission is $11. This event is held to educate the community and visitors about Hawaiian culture and the art of Hula. For more details visit their Facebook page. Purchase your tickets here.
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