North Kohala King Kamehameha Day Celebration. Honor the King in his North Kohala birthplace. Every June 11th, thousands of people gather on the northern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii to honor Kamehameha I, the chief who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1795.
Kamehameha Day is recognized as a state holiday throughout Hawai'i, but North Kohala is a very special place to celebrate. Kamehameha I was born in North Kohala, where residents played a prominent role in saving his life as an infant.
Lei Draping Ceremony: See the original statue of King Kamehameha I in all its holiday glory. Lei drop off starts at 7am. Beginning at 8 am, the statue in Kapa'au is decorated with 22-foot-long floral lei created in tribute to the King. Statue decorating ceremonies start with an opening blessing, followed by hula, history, and music.
Traditional Floral Parade: Watch a traditional pa'u parade with horses and riders adorned in flowers and colors to represent each Hawaiian Island. At 9 a.m., the road closes while the Grand Marshal, Pa'u Marshal, Descendant of Kamehameha, Ambassador of Aloha, Pa'u riders and floral floats make their way from Kohala High School to the statue and back to Kamehameha Park in Kapa'au.