King Kamehameha Celebration Commission

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

2024: He Inoa No Kalaninui Kamehameha

2024 Theme: He Inoa No Kalaninui Kamehameha – Honor to Kamehameha the Great

June 11, 2024

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.

2024 King Kamehameha Day Events

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

Hawaiʻi Island

  • King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade (Kona) June 8, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
  • King Kamehameha Celebration Hoʻolauleʻa (Kona) Huliheʻe Palace, June 8, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • King Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping (Kohala), King Kamehameha Statue (Kohala), June 11, 8:00 a.m. Morning protocol begins at sunrise, royal procession, halau performances, receiving lei at 7:00 a.m.; lei draping 8:00 a.m.
  • King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade (Kohala), June 11, 9:00 a.m. 
  • King Kamehameha Celebration Hoʻolauleʻa (Kohala), June 11, 11:00 a.m.


  • King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade, June 15, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Starts at Vidihna Stadium up Rice Street to the Historic County Building.
  • King Kamehameha Celebration Hoʻolaulea (Lihue), June 15, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Historic County Building Lawn


  • Na King Kamehameha Commemorative Pāʻū Parade (Wailuku), June 15, 2024, 9:45 a.m.
  • Na King Kamehameha Commemorative Hoolaulea (Wailuku), June 15, 2024, 9:00 a.m.


  • King Gala, Kaunakakai – Hiro’s Ohana Grill at Hotel Molokai. June 7, 2024, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade (Kaunakakai), June 8, 2024, 5:30 p.m.
  • King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea (Kaunakakai), Molokai Community Health Center, June 8, 2024, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.


  • King Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping (Honolulu), Aliʻiolani Hale, June 7, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • 107th King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade (Honolulu), ʻIolani Palace to Kapiʻolani Park, June 8, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • King Kamehameha Celebration Hoʻolauleʻa (Honolulu), Queen Kapiʻolani Park, June 8, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Inaugural King Kamehameha Celebration Pāʻina, Waikīkī Marriott Beach Resort and Spa, June 9, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.


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?

2021 Videos: Hawaiʻi News Coverage

Suggested Reading

  • He Moʻolelo Kaʻao No Kekūhaupiʻo Ke Koa Kaulana o ke Au o Kamehameha ka Nui (Hawaiian version), Stephen Langhern Desha, Lōkahi Antonio, Brooke Parker / Kamehameha and his Warrior, Kekūhaupiʻo (English version), Stephen L. Desha
  • 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
  • ʻO Kamehameha Nui (Hawaiian version), Julie Stewart Williams, illustrated by Robin Yoko Burningham / Kamehameha the Great (English version) Julie Stewart Williams, illustrated by Robin Yoko Burningham


  • 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: vacant
  • Kapahulu Music Club: Kimo Keaulana
  • Waimānalo Hawaiian Homestead Association: Leilani Kahoano (pending)
  • Papakōlea Community Association: Vacant
  • Island of Hawaiʻi: Desiree Moana Cruz
  • Island of Maui: Moani Whittle-Wagner
  • Island of Kauaʻi: Kalei Hoffman (pending)
  • Island of Molokaʻi: Leināʻala Lopez (pending)
  • Island of Lānaʻi: Vacant

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

DateMeeting MinutesMeeting Recordings
2/13/2023KKCC_02-13-2023 Meeting Minutes (PDF)Video: KKCC 2/2023 meeting
1/10/2023KKCC 1-10-2023 Meeting Minutes (PDF)Video: KKCC 1/2023 meeting
12/13/2022KKCC 12-13-2022 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
10/11/2022KKCC 10-11-2022 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
9/13/2022KKCC 09-13-2022 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
8/9/2022KKCC 08-09-2022 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
7/12/2022KKCC 07-12-2022 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
6/7/2022KKCC 06-07-2022 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
4/12/2022KKCC 04-12-2022 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
3/8/2022KKCC 03-08-2022 Meeting Minutes (PDF)Video: KKCC 3/2022 meeting
2/8/2022KKCC 02-08-2022 Meeting Minutes (PDF)Video: KKCC 2/2022 meeting
1/11/2022KKCC 1.11.22 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
12/14/2021KKCC 12.14.21 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
11/9/2021KKCC 11.9.21 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
10/12/2021KKCC 10.12.21 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
9/14/2021KKCC 09-14-21 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
8/10/2021KKCC 08-10-21 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
7/13/2021KKCC 07-13-21 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
6/8/2021KKCC 06-08-2021 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
3/14/23KKCC 03-14-2023 Meeting Minutes (PDF)Video: KKCC 3/2023 meeting
04/11/2023KKCC 04-11-2023 Meeting Minutes (PDF)Video: KKCC 4/2023 meeting
5/9/2023KKCC 05-09-2023 Meeting Minutes (PDF)Video: KKCC 5/2023 meeting
6/6/2023KKCC 06-06-2023 Meeting Minutes (Word)Video: KKCC 6/2023 meeting
7/11/2023KKCC 07-11-2023 Meeting Minutes (Word)Video: KKCC 7/2023 Meeting
9/12/23KKCC 09-12-2023 Meeting Minutes (Word)Video: KKCC 9/2023 Meeting
11/14/2023KKCC 11-14-2023 Meeting Minutes (Word)Video: KKCC 11/2023 Meeting
01/19/2024KKCC 01-19-2024 Meeting Minutes (PDF)Video: KKCC 01/2024 Meeting
02/13/2024Video: KKCC 02/2024 Meeting
08/2023no meetingno meeting
12/2023no meetingno meeting

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:

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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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