King Kamehameha Day festivities to feature lei draping, 101st floral parade

Preparations are already underway for the annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade.

On Wake Up 2day, the parade’s chair, Kainoa Daines, joined us in studio to talk about this year’s events and festivities.

The theme for the 101st annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade is Hooilina Pulama Na Mamo or “Passing the Torch.”

The parade will take place on Saturday, June 10, from Iolani Palace to Kapiolani Park. It will honor the 100th anniversary of the Girls Scouts of Hawaii and the homecoming celebration of Hokulea and its Malama Honua worldwide voyage.

Spectators can either watch live on Olelo TV or from along the parade route. There will be a dozen review stands along the way where parade goers can enjoy entertainment and listen to who is coming by.

The parade runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and will include pa‘u horse riders, floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands, and more. The event is expected to have 6,000 marchers, 50 vehicles, 10 floats, and eight bands.

The route runs from King Street to Punchbowl Street to Ala Moana Boulevard to Kalakaua Avenue to Monsarrat Avenue and ends at Queen Kapiolani Park. Lanes will be closed at 7:30 a.m.

Following the parade, there will be a hoolaulea at Kapiolani Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A lei draping ceremony will be held at Aliiolani Hale on Friday, June 9, at 3 p.m. The public is welcome to drop off loose plumeria from 7 a.m. to noon that will be strung into 30-foot lei by ʻAhahui Kaʻahumanu.

At the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts Thursday, volunteers sewed plumeria into poepoe lei ahead of Friday’s draping.

“We are sewing a 40-foot long poepoe, round-style plumeria lei. Forty feet long, that’s over 5,000 flowers, and everybody is still smiling,” said Misty Kelai, the office’s executive director. “We have been going about four hours now. We hope to be finish by 6 or so tonight.”

This year’s theme will be to create a two-colored deluxe poepoe plumeria lei with deep red plumeria (the traditional color of royalty) and yellow plumeria (a color made valuable by the scarcity of the mamo feathers) to mimic the colors of the lei hulu and ahuula (feather cloaks) worn by only the highest alii, including King Kamehameha I.

Statewide celebrations will also be held on Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii Island. For a complete listing of all events, visit

The actual King Kamehameha Day, a state holiday, falls on Sunday, June 11, and is observed on Monday, June 12. Click here for details on what will be open and closed.


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