King Kamehameha Day, a big business in Hawaii, is celebrated on June 11 and celebrates the accomplishments of “Kamehameha the Great“.
She is credited with joining the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. Kamehameha, a highly revered leader, is honored each year with numerous celebrations on the islands. Downtown Honolulu hosts one such celebration, where hundreds of leis, at least 30 feet long, are wrapped around the 15-foot statue of the celebrated ruler. Other celebrations include parades, lots of flower arrangements, and of course the traditional Hawaiian hula.
ACTIVITIES OF THE DAY OF KING KAMEHAMEHA
Try to pronounce her full name
Here you are, I challenge you – “Kalani Paiʻea Wohi or Kaleikini Kealiʻikui Kamehameha or ʻIolani i Kaiwikapu kauʻi Ka Liholiho Kūnuiākea”.
Visit the six statues of King Kamehameha
Yes, you probably can’t do all of this on the real day. They spread throughout the US USA With four on the islands, one in Las Vegas and the sixth in Washington, DC. BUT, it might be fun to start planning trips to all those places.
Create your own lei
It is June, the weather is pleasant (in most places) and the flowers are blooming. Why not honor King Kamehameha at home? It can be difficult to knock out a 30 foot footer in a day, but a good bouquet of flowers cannot harm your mood.
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Great for picking your loudest and least Hawaiian uncle at family gatherings.
Great for kids’ Halloween costumes and pretending you really have a good hip movement.
A beautiful welcome symbol, or the beginning of a joke, the end of which you probably don’t want to hear.