June 11th is a special day of celebration across Hawaii. If you’re traveling to Maui during this time, be sure to celebrate King Kamehameha Day with the locals! Here’s a look at this exciting holiday, including the history, and how you can join in.
King Kamehameha Day: The History
King Kamehameha ruled Hawaii from 1782 to 1819. He was known as an intelligent ruler who unified Hawaii. This unification, which brought together O’ahu, Moloka’I, Kaho’olawe, Maui, and Hawaii in 1785, and later, in 1810, Ni’ihau and Kaua’i. King Kamehameha fought hard to preserve the Hawaiian culture, while maintaining business with the Western world. King Kamehamaha Day is celebrated to honor this well-loved monarch. The first celebration took place on Jun 11, 1872. Hawaiian’s celebrated by attending carnivals, fairs, horse raises, and more. This holiday is the only royal holiday under the Kingdom of Hawaii to continue, even after Hawaii became a state.
Celebrate King Kamehameha Day in 2017 on Maui
Each year, the celebration takes place on June 11th. Because this day falls on a Sunday, the holiday has been moved to June 12th in the year 2017. If you are staying at Kaanapali Alii, don’t miss the festivities. They take place in Maui along Front Street in Lahaina Town, ending in Banyan Tree Park. A parade (the Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pau Parade), is a colorful parade complete with bright floats and a string of local marching bands. After the parade, a well-loved Hawaiian celebration, called a ho’olaule’a is enjoyed. There is also a lei draping ceremony that takes place at the statue of King Kamehameha in the Capitol Visitor’s Center.
Kaanapali Alii: The Perfect Location
Kaanapali Alii is the perfect accommodation for your Maui vacation. Located less than a 10-minute drive from Front Street, it allows you to easily access shopping and restaurants. Front Street is the hub for entertainment (even the King Kamehameha Day parade).