King Kamehameha Celebration Commission

King Kamehameha statue in Honolulu, draped with lei.
King Kamehameha statue at Aliʻiolani Hale (Honolulu)

2022 King Kamehameha Day Events

150th Anniversary of the Kamehameha Day Holiday – June 11, 1872 – June 11, 2022

On December 22, 1871, King Kamehameha V proclaimed a national holiday to honor and celebrate his grandfather and the father of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Originally, the people of Hawai‘i wanted to mark the legacy of Lot Kapūaiwa (Kamehameha V) on his birthday, December 11. Being the humble chief that he was, he opted to honor his grandfather instead and pushed the holiday as far away from his (Lot’s) birthday as possible, hence the arbitrary date of June 11. Thus, June 11, 1872, was the very first Kamehameha Day holiday ever celebrated.

2022 Theme: E Ola Ka Inoa ʻO Kamehameha – 150th Kamehameha Day Anniversary

Please note that dates and locations may change.

King Kamehameha Day event calendar
Printable 2022 King Kamehameha Day Celebration event calendar

Hawaiʻi Island: Hilo

King Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony

  • Location: Hilo Bayfront Park
  • Date: June 10, 2022, 5:00 p.m.

The Royal Order of Kamehameha ʻEkahi Heiau ʻO Māmalahoa

Royal procession from Moku Ola to the Kamehameha Statue in Downtown Hilo.

  • Location: Kamehameha Statue, Hilo
  • Date: June 11, 9:00 a.m.
Statue of King Kamehameha during ceremony.

Hawaiʻi Island: Kohala

King Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony

  • Location: King Kamehameha Statue, Kohala
  • Date: June 11, 2022
  • Sunrise: morning protocol begins.
  • 7:00 a.m. Receiving lei.
  • 8:00 a.m. Lei draping.
  • 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Pāʻū unit parade.

King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade

  • Location: Kohala
  • Date: June 11, 2022, 10:00 a.m.
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Hawaiʻi Island: Kona

Pāʻū Workshop at Kona Historical Society

Description: the art of paʻu and lei making, explored with experts and practitioners.

  • Location: Kona Historical Society
  • Date: To be determined.

King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade

Starting point Makaʻeo (Old Kona Airport), ending point Walua Road (Royal Kona Resort).

  • Location: Kona
  • Date: June 11, 2022, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

King Kamehameha Celebration Huliheʻe Palace Hoʻolauleʻa

Description: Live music, hula, local artisans and crafts and food vendors. Palace gates will open at 11:00 a.m.

  • Location: Huliheʻe Palace, Kona
  • Date: June 11, 2022, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Kauaʻi

King Kamehameha Celebration Hoʻolauleʻa

  • Location: Līhuʻe, Royal Sonesta Resort
  • Date: June 11, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Maui

Nā Kamehameha Commemorative Hoʻolauleʻa

  • Location: Lāhainā
  • Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022, 9:00 a.m.

Nā Kamehameha Commemorative Pāʻū Parade

  • Location: Front Street in Lāhainā; Kenui Street to Shaw Street. Awards Ceremony to follow under the Lāhainā Banyan Tree.
  • Date: Saturday, June 18, 2022, 9:45 am

Molokaʻi

King Kamehameha Pāʻū Parade / Block party Hoʻolauleʻa

  • Location: Kaunakakai
  • Date: June 4, 2022, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

King Kamehameha Hoʻolauleʻa

  • Location: Kaunakakai
  • Date: June 4, 2022, 5:00-10:00 p.m.

The King’s Gala

  • Hiro’s ʻOhana Grill at Hotel Molokaʻi
  • Date: June 3, 2022,  5:00 – 9:00 pm

2nd Annual Paniolo Heritage Rodeo

  • Location: Jimmy Duvachelle Arena
  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12, 2022 – 10 am – 5 pm
Photo of King Kamehameha statue in Honolulu in front of the Judiciary.

Oʻahu

King Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping

105th King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade

  • Location: Iolani Palace to Kapiʻolani Park
  • Date: Saturday, June 11, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

King Kamehameha Day Parade Applications (Oʻahu)

Please click on the links below to fill out the online applications for: Minor Participant or Guardian Authorization, Floral Parade Unit, Floral Parade Mōʻī, and Celebration Event Participation. The links will take you to forms hosted on JotForm.com.

Oʻahu Hoʻolauleʻa Vendor Application

Please click on the link below to fill out the online application to sell food, arts, crafts and services at the 2022 King Kamehameha Celebration Hoʻolauleʻa on June 11 at the Kapiʻolani Park Bandstand.

Traffic Advisory June 11

The 105th Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2022.  As in years past, the parade will take a route beginning at King Street fronting Iolani Palace. Participants will then head down Punchbowl Street, before making a left on to Ala Moana Boulevard and eventually Kalākaua Avenue. The parade comes to a finish at Monsarrat Avenue and Queen Kapi‘olani Park. Streets will begin to close in Downtown Honolulu at 7:30 a.m., with closures coinciding as the Parade moves along the route, several blocks before its approach. The Parade is expected to reach Kapiʻolani Park around 11:30 a.m.

The patience and consideration by residents, retail establishments, and the public along the parade route during this process is greatly appreciated. While parade organizers and volunteers work to ensure a timely delivery, congestion in the area can be expected, during the event.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes and allow for extra driving time in areas near the event. Please refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.

Following the parade, the public is invited to enjoy live music, food and more at the King Kamehameha Celebration Ho‘olaule‘a at Kapiʻolani Park from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please note that dates, times, and locations are subject to change.

DateTimeIslandEventLocation
6/3/20225:00 - 9:00 p.m.MolokaʻiThe King's GalaHiro's ʻOhana Grill at Hotel Molokaʻi
6/4/20224:00 p.m.MolokaʻiKing Kamehameha Celebration Pāʻū ParadeKaunakakai Town - Ala Malama Avenue
6/4/20225:00 - 10:00 p.m.MolokaʻiKing Kamehameha Celebration HoʻolauleʻaBall Park, Kaunakakai
6/10/20222:30 - 5:00 p.m. OʻahuKing Kamehameha Statue Lei DrapingHonolulu - Aliʻiolani Hale
6/10/20225:00 p.m.Hawaiʻi IslandKing Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping - HiloHilo Bayfront Park
6/11/20228:00 a.m.Hawaiʻi IslandKing Kamehameha Statue Lei DrapingKohala
6/11/20229:00 - 10:00 a.m.Hawaiʻi IslandKing Kamehameha Celebration Floral ParadeKohala
6/11/20229:00 - 11:30 a.m.Hawaiʻi IslandKing Kamehameha Celebration Floral ParadeKona
6/11/202211:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Hawaiʻi IslandKing Kamehameha Celebration HoʻolauleʻaKona, Huliheʻe Palace
6/11/202210:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.KauaʻiKing Kamehameha Celebration HoʻolauleʻaLīhuʻe, Royal Sonesta Kauaʻi Resort
6/11/20229:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Oʻahu105th King Kamehameha Celebration Floral ParadeHonolulu - Iolani Palace to Queen Kapiʻolani Park
6/11/202211:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.OʻahuKing Kamehameha Celebration HoʻolauleʻaHonolulu - Queen Kapiʻolani Park
6/11/202210:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.MolokaʻiKamehameha Paniolo Heritage Rodeo (Day 1)Kaunakakai
6/12/202210:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.MolokaʻiKamehameha Paniolo Heritage Rodeo (Day 2)Kaunakakai
6/18/20229:45 a.m.MauiNā Kamehameha Commemorative Pāʻū ParadeLāhainā
6/18/20229:00 a.m.MauiNā Kamehameha Commemorative HoʻolauleʻaLāhainā
Lānaʻino events scheduled

Resources

Suggested Reading

  • Kamehameha: The Rise of a King by David Eyre – Juvenile
  • King Kamehameha The Great: Warrior King of the Hawaiian Islands by Leilani Makua
  • Kamehameha: The Warrior King of Hawaii by Susan Keyes Morris
  • Kamehameha: Destiny Fulfilled by Allan Seidan
  • Kamehameha the Great by Julie Stewart Williams
  • Kamehameha: The Boy Who Became a Warrior King by Ellie Crowe and Don Robinson
  • Kohala Kuamoʻo: Naeʻoleʻs Race to Save a King by Kekauleleanaeʻole Kawaiʻaeʻa and Aaron Kawaiʻaeʻa

Videos

King Kamehameha: A Legacy Renewed

In Kohala, Hawai`i, the bronze sculpture of Kamehameha has been painted in life-like colors for as long as anyone can remember. How will the community react when a stranger arrives to conserve the cherished public monument and restore it to its original gold leaf and bronze patina finish?

Photo Gallery

Hawaiʻi Island Photos

Oʻahu Photos: Lei Draping

Oʻahu Photos: Floral Parade

Commissioners

  • Royal Order of Kamehameha I: Kainoa Daines – Chair
  • ‘Ahahui Ka‘ahumanu: Louise Alina
  • Hale O Nā Ali‘i: Ian Custino, Vice Chair
  • Daughters & Sons of Hawaiian Warriors, Māmakakaua: Puakeʻala Mann
  • Daughters of Hawai’i: Kehaulani Keanaʻaina
  • Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs: Shelley Kēhaulani Peʻa
  • Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association: Napuʻunoa Crabbe
  • Kapahulu Music Club: Kimo Keaulana
  • Waimānalo Hawaiian Homestead Association: Vacant
  • Papakōlea Community Association: Vacant
  • Island of Hawaiʻi: Desiree Moana Cruz
  • Island of Maui: Moani Whittle-Wagner
  • Island of Kauaʻi: Lyah Kama-Drake
  • Island of Molokaʻi: Vacant
  • Island of Lānaʻi: Vacant

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

DateMeeting Minutes
November 19, 2021KKCC 11.9.21 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
December 14, 2021KKCC 12.14.21 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
January 11, 2022KKCC 1.11.22 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
February 8, 2022KKCC 02-08-2022 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
June 8, 2021KKCC 06-08-2021 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
July 13, 2021KKCC 07-13-21 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
August 10, 2021KKCC 08-10-21 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
September 14, 2021KKCC 09-14-21 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
October 12, 2021KKCC 10.12.21 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
March 8, 2022KKCC 03-08-2022 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
April 12, 2022KKCC 04-12-2022 Meeting Minutes (PDF)

Meeting Recordings

Film Permit Information and Application

Per HRS 8-5, “The commission is authorized to determine to whom and for which occasions permission is to be granted for the use of the statue of King Kamehameha I.” Hawai’i Revised Statute 8-5: Capitol.Hawaii.gov/HRScurrent/Vol01_Ch0001-0042F/HRS0008/HRS_0008-0005

For more information: HawaiiFilmOffice.com/Film-Permitting/Film-Permit-Application

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King Kamehameha Celebration Commission
355 North King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
Telephone: (808) 586-0333
Email: [email protected]

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