One of the best things about visiting a different part of the world is experiencing the culture on a local level. If you’re here in June and want to be part of an authentic Hawaiian tradition, don’t miss the Kamehameha Festival; a statewide celebration of King Kamehameha’s life and achievements.
About the festival
Kamehameha Day dates back to 1871 and is a National Holiday celebrated on June 11. It pays tribute to the first King of Hawaii, honoring his acts to preserve Hawaiian culture. The celebration features traditional food, music, dance, and more. It's a family-friendly event open to the public with free admission.
Kamehameha Day is celebrated on all the islands, but if you're staying in Waikoloa Village, you can head 25 miles south to Kailua for the Celebration Parade and Hoolaulea. Beginning at 9 am on June 8, it includes:
Traditional floral parade, featuring pau Princesses, hula halau, and marching bands
- Arts and crafts fair including woodwork, carvings, photography, and paintings
Other events around the island include:
Lei draping ceremony on the statue of King Kamehameha.
When: June 10 at 5 pm.
- The Kamehameha Festival
Where: Coconut Island
When: June 11 from 10 am – 4 pm.
Join the 147th annual King Kamehameha Day celebrations and experience a true taste of traditional Hawaiian culture.