Remembering the First King of Hawai’i

King Kamehameha the Great

Statue of Kamehameha the Great at the Capitol Bldg. ,Washington, D.C.

June 11 is King Kamehameha Day in Hawai’i. This official holiday was established by royal decree on December 22, 1871 by King Kamehameha V to honor his great grandfather, Kamehameha I who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810 and became Hawaii’s first king.

King Kamehameha was revered by his subjects and is still honored across the Hawaiian Islands today. On King Kamehameha Day there are speeches, songs, hula dancing and parades with floats, equestrian units and the wonderful Hawaiian Pau Riders.

Festivities begin with a draping of lei over statues of King Kamehameha in four locations. One in Washington, D.C., one at Iolani Palace, Oahu, Hawai’i, another in Hilo, Hawai’i and one at Kapa’au, Big Island, Hawai’i. The statue at Kapa’au is the original cast bronze statue and was retrieved from the bottom of the sea before being installed in Kapa’au, the birthplace of Kamehameha.

The statue of Kamehameha the Great, arm outstretched, bedecked in lei is a beautiful sight.

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King Kamehameha was known as a fierce warrior, superior statesman and a fair and just ruler. He was worthy of the name  “Great”. Learning the history and attending celebrations for Hawaii’s first king has left a lasting impression with me. I treasure it.

Today, June 11th we honor King Kamehameha, the first king of Hawai’i.

Aloha, Dohn

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