Kamehameha Day

Though this is a holiday only celebrated in Hawaii, it is of great significance there. Technically always celebrated on June 11, because that date falls on a Sunday this year, the parade is on Saturday, and the official holiday is June 12. There will be a big floral parade with floats and riders and bands – it looks like a really huge event.

According to the parade page, after the parade is Ho‘olaule‘a which basically means block party. “The Hawaiian music and art festival will feature plenty of ono grindz (delicious food) plus dozens of vendors selling their crafts, apparel, and wares. Traditional-practitioner demonstrations will also be featured.” Also, they provide authentic Hawaiian music.

One of the beautiful ceremonies of this day is the draping of the Kamehameha statue. People bring flowers, which are turned into twenty-five foot leis and draped over the statue on King Street in Honolulu. This ceremony has been going on for more than a hundred years.

Born in May of 1736 (or thereabouts) Kamehameha I, also known as Kamehameha the Great, was the founder and first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii. By force of arms, he took all the islands that now make up Hawaii and united them. He also passed good laws and used taxes wisely. One of the humanitarian laws he passed said, “Let every elderly person, woman and child lie by the roadside in safety.” When he died in 1819, his body was hidden by his friends, as was the custom with powerful people. A statue of him now resides in the National Statuary Hall Collection in Washington, DC.

Kamehameha’s statue draped in leis.

Quotes about Hawaii

Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace.–Paul Theroux

O Hawaii no ka aina maikai. (After all, Hawaii is the best land.)–Hawaiian Proverb

Hawaii is paradise born of fire.–Rand McNally

Aloha is the unconditional desire to promote the true good of other people in a friendly spirit out of a sense of kinship.–Abraham Akaka

I believe Hawaii is the most precious jewel in the world.–Don Ho

Come with me while the moon is on the sea
The night is young and so are we
Dreams come true in Blue Hawaii
And mine could all come true
This magic night of nights with you.–Leo Robin

For me the magic of Hawaii comes from the stillness, the sea, the stars.–Joanne Harris

I can’t even speak Hawaiian, but if you go there and listen to a Hawaiian song, you get captured because it’s so beautiful, like the melody is just gorgeous…–Bruno Mars

Hawaii is absolutely beautiful.–Rachelle Lefevre

In Hawaii, we have something called Ho’oponopono, where people come together to resolve crises and restore peace and balance.–Duane Chapman

Beating the drums for Hawaii is not hard to do… the place just grows on you. –James MacArthur

I represented the people of Hawaii and this nation honestly and to the best of my ability. I think I did okay.–Daniel Inouye

In Hawaii they have such a different mentality and different priorities.–Nikki Reed

The beauty of Hawaii probably surpasses other places. I like the Big Island and the two mountains, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, where you can look out at the stars.–Buzz Aldrin

Hawaii is so complex; there are so many points of view, and there are so many experiences to see and to find.–Kaui Hart Hemmings

I had a very spoilt childhood. Not that my family were incredibly wealthy, but we lived on the beautiful island of Hawaii where everything was lush and in abundance.–Marie Helvin

Eventually, I want to move to Hawaii and chill forever.–Riley Keough

I still consider myself a little, fat kid from Hawaii.–Robert Kiyosaki

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