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Kamehameha Day Events and Closures

June 11, 2015, 8:15 AM HST
* Updated June 11, 8:23 AM
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Kamehameha Day is celebrated throughout the state each year on June 11 as a public holiday honoring Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawai’i.

In 1871, Kamehameha V, the grandchild of Kamehameha the Great, proclaimed the first Kamehameha Day in honor of his grandfather.

What’s closed?

All state and county offices on the Big Island and throughout the state will be closed on Thursday, June 11 in observance of the holiday.

Events celebrating the holiday are also planned throughout the island.

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Kohala:

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A lei draping, parade, and ho’olaule’a will take place beginning at 9 a.m. in Hawi.

Kona:

The King Kamehameha Parade will take place on Saturday, June 13 at 9 a.m. The parade will go along Alii Drive. A Ho’olaule’a will follow at the Courtyard Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel.

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Hilo:

A lei draping took place on Wednesday, June 10 at 5 p.m. at the King Kamehameha Statue, located on Bayfront. On Thursday, beginning at 9 a.m., a ho’olaule’a will take place at Coconut Island.

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