Although North Kohala is a small community on Hawaiʻi Island, each year on Kamehameha Day (June 11) it puts forth a large grassroots effort to present a full day of celebration and tribute to King Kamehameha I. Visitors are welcomed to the North Kohala towns of Hawi and Kapa’au to take part in this unique local event. All events are free. A trip to this historic area on King Kamehameha Day is sure to be a highlight of a trip to the Islands. While in North Kohala, visitors can take in the natural beauty of ocean cliffs and ranchland, visit breathtaking Pololu Valley, and browse the area’s many shops, restaurants, and galleries. Bring a camera. More info: North Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration
2022 North Kohala Kamehameha Day celebration
- Opening blessing 8:00 AM. See the original statue of King Kamehameha I in all its holiday glory. The statue in Kapa’au is decorated with many 20-foot-long floral lei created in tribute to the King. Lei draping ceremonies start with an opening blessing, followed by hula, history, and music.
- Traditional Pa’u Unit Parade 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Watch a traditional pa’u parade with horses and riders adorned in flowers and colors to represent each Hawaiian Island make their way from Kohala High and Elementary School to the statue and Kamehameha Park in Kapa’au.
Note: The hoʻolauleʻa (festival), including music, crafts, and food in the park is cancelled. The hoʻolauleʻa will resume in 2023. Please support our small businesses when visiting North Kohala!
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