Bryan Galyardt

Kamehameha Day

Today, June 11th, is a public holiday in Hawai’i called Kamehameha Day. Now I know some of you may have a slight realization that when said aloud, this sounds like something from Dragon Ball Z. It actually honors Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. This holiday was founded in 1871 by Kamehameha V to honor his grandfather. If you happen to be on Oahu today you may see a floral parade with marching bands and traditional dancers. The parade ends in Kapiʻolani Park with a Hoʻolauleʻa, literally celebration, or block party with food and music.

 

The most important ceremony is the afternoon draping ceremony in which the Kamehameha statue in downtown Honolulu is draped in long strands of lei. There is even a ceremony held in Washington D.C. where there is a replica statue draped in the company of federal officials.

 

I just wanted to take a moment and help everyone to think of a nice happy place today.

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