Celebrations commemorate Kamehameha Day

A crowd gathered Wednesday morning at the King Kamehameha statue in downtown Honolulu to kick off Kamehameha Day.

The statue is located on King St. fronting Aliiolani Hale and faces Iolani Palace.

At 9 a.m., the Daughters and Sons of Hawaiian Warriors Mamakakaua paid tribute to King Kamehameha I by conducting a formal watch with song, chants and prayers offered in his memory.

The Royal Hawaiian Benevolent Societies and Lodges were dressed in full regalia for the ceremony.

The annual event has marked the birth of King Kamehameha since 1914.

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At 3 p.m., the Royal Hawaiian Band performed, then at 4 p.m., the statue was draped with garlands of lei.

Lei is required to be at least 20 feet long and will be draped over the statue’s arms. Per Hawaiian protocol, lei should never be draped over an ahuula, or feather cape or cloak.

The lei will be removed Friday morning and taken to Mauna Ala, the Royal Mausoleum.

On Saturday, June 14, the 98th annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade will start at 9 a.m. at King and Richards streets. Then the parade will travel down Punchbowl St., turn onto Ala Moana Blvd., head into Waikiki along Kalakaua Ave. and end at Kapiolani Park.

The parade is expected to be completed by 11:30 a.m. Parade route roads will be closed during that time, but cross streets may open as the parade passes through.

A King Kamehameha Celebration Hoolaulea will also take place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Kakaako Makai Gateway Park.

Celebrations are also taking place on Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island. Click here for more information.

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