Live like a local on King Kamehameha Day

Statue of King Kamehameha The Great

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

Traditional Hawaiian dancers

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.


Hawaiian local crafts

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

  • Free concert

  • Arts and crafts fair including woodwork, carvings, photography, and paintings

Other events around the island include:

King Kamehameha Day Parade with men in traditional dress

Join the 147th annual King Kamehameha Day celebrations and experience a true taste of traditional Hawaiian culture.