Kamehameha Day of Hawaii

11 Jun 2019  Tue

Kamehameha Day on June 11 is celebrated to honor Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaii.

Kamehameha Day was first proclaimed to be on 11th June by Kamehameha V (on December 22, 1871) as a day to honor his grandfather, Kamehameha-I. The first observance of the holiday happened the following year, in 1872. Kamehameha Day was one of the first holidays proclaimed by the Governor of Hawaii and the Hawaii State Legislature when Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959.

The celebration includes a traditional Pa‘u Parade and a Ho‘olaule‘a, along with the Draping ceremony which involves draping of the statue of Kamehameha Statue in long strands of lei (garlands of flowers). The celebrations are organized by the King Kamehameha Celebration Commission and other community organizations.

The stamp shown above is a 3 cents US stamp depicting standing statue honors the King Kamehameha at Honolulu, Hawaii. Similarly, the coin is State Quarter issued in the year 2008 featuring Hawaiian monarch King Kamehameha I stretching his hand toward the eight major Hawaiian Islands along with the year 1959 which is the year when Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959.

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