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La Ho‘o-mana‘o O Kamehameha I

June 11, 2017

From the Images of Old Hawaii website

Kamehameha I

La Ho‘o-mana‘o O Kamehameha I (Day in Commemoration of Kamehameha I) was first proclaimed by Kamehameha V as a day to honor his grandfather, Kamehameha I, and was first celebrated on December 11, 1871 (Kamehameha V’s birthday.) It later changed to June 11 – it boils down to having a celebration when the weather is better (6-months from King Kamehameha V’s birthday.) The date does not have any direct connection to Kamehameha I. In 1978 the legislature renamed this holiday King Kamehameha I Day. On February 14, 1883, the Kamehameha statue was unveiled at Aliʻiōlani Hale during the coronation ceremonies for King Kalākaua (it’s a replica, the original is in Kapa‘au, Kohala – look closely, there is an error in the sash arrangement.) The customary draping of the Kamehameha Statue with lei dates back to 1901.

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