Monday, June 11, 2007
June 11th is Kamehameha Day in Hawai‘i, and is one of our state holidays that honors Kamehameha I, who unified the Hawaiian Islands under one rule, which became the Kingdom of Hawai‘i in 1810. Also known as Kamehameha The Great, he reigned until his death in 1819. This holiday was established by Kamehameha V in 1871, and continues on today.
This statue of Kamehameha I stands in front of Ali‘iolani Hale, which currently houses the state Supreme Court. It is decorated with floral lei the night before a floral parade that honors Hawai‘i's first king.