location: Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i
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Kamehameha Day, June 11, was proclaimed by Kamehameha V on December 22, 1871, as a day to honor his grandfather, Kamehameha I, and was first observed on June 11, 1872. Every year the holiday is marked with parades, concerts, and festivals across the islands.
A highlight of the Kamehameha Parade are the Pa’u equestrian units which represent each of the eight Hawaiian Islands and the colors and flora that are associated with that particular island. The Pa’u Riders have been a regular feature of the Kamehameha Parades since 1906.
After the parade, Kailua-Kona hosts a Hoʻolauleʻa, a celebration with traditional crafts, food and music.
Spread the Aloha, Dohn