Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kamehameha Day


Today is Kamehameha Day, which is actually a State Holiday, which means a lot of people don't have to work today; I think because we have many holidays that relate to Hawai`i, we don't celebrate other holidays like Columbus Day (I'd much rather celebrate our holidays!). Basically, the day is in remembrance of King Kamehameha, who established the Kamehameha dynasty over all the islands (some would say he unified the Hawaiian Islands). From this line of ali`i (rulers/chiefs) the Hawaiian Kingdom and our Monarchy was born. To honor Kamehameha's memory, lei are draped on his statue near the capitol and `Iolani Palace (the only Royal Palace in the US); the lei are very, very long and there are very many of them! There are also statues of Kamehameha in Hilo (he's from the Big Island) and Washington DC that also get leis, but none as much as this one!


  1. OMG holly those are some cooool leis!!! that's mad mad mad(good) respect for him !!

  2. That is way cool! I love that everyone is so pumped to show their respect!

  3. What great pictures! Happy belated Kamehameha day!

  4. I've always had a deep respect for the hawaiian culture, and King Kamehameha is no exception. I love your devotion and respect for his deeds!


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