As we ready ourselves for the beautiful summer months ahead we welcome the annual events held around the island of Kauai. Every June, Hawaiian residents gather in Lihue to celebrate the great King Kamehameha, a highly respected monarch from 1782 to 1819. Having started as a chief of the northern half of the Big Island he is known for having establishing the entire Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. While he was king, Hawaii was a center of the fur and Sandalwood trade.
King Kamehameha Day – June 13th 9am-2pm
King Kamehameha begins at 9am at the Vidinha Stadium in Lihue (thirty minutes east of Kukuiula) with the beautiful Floral parade which travels up Rice Street to the County’s Historical Building Lawn. This traditional parade features the stylish pa’u riders. Lead by a queen, the royal riders consist of eight princesses representing each major island of Hawaii (The Big Island, Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Ni’ihau and Kaho’olawe). Each woman is dressed in festive 19th century ridging gowns and adorned with fresh flower leis, it’s quite a sight to behold!
Following the parade there will be the Hoolaule’a, a traditional festival including live entertainment, demonstrations and lots of food and fun! Shop for locally made gifts and crafts and enjoy cultural displays such as Hula dancing and live music. This is a wonderful event for the whole family showcasing the iconic charms and local flavors of Hawaii’s culture through interactive fun. If you’re looking for some more hands-on summer fun be sure to check out Family-Friendly Activities on Kauai’s Sunny South Side.