King Kamehameha Festival is celebrated in remembrance of King Kamehameha I. King Kamehameha I is responsible for uniting the kingdom of Hawaii in 1810. After he united the islands of Hawaii, he became the first king. The festival was established on the 11th of June 1872. Today, the people continue to celebrate the King Kamehameha Festival. You can participate in the festival without paying any fee. Everyone can celebrate the festival with the local Hawaiian. The festival is an alcohol free event. It is observed as a smoke free event.
King Kamehameha Festival was declared as the first Hawaii holiday on the 11th June 1959. On the 11th June 2011, it will be the 95th annual King Kamehameha festival. On the 10th June, the King Kamehameha Celebration Commission Lei Draping Ceremony will be celebrated in front of the King Kamehameha statue. On the following day, the floral parade organized in Honolulu. The floral parade will pass through Honolulu to pay tribute to King Kamehameha.
The floral parade usually will occur in between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday. The parade will start at the King & Richards. It will end at Kapiolani Park. King Kamehameha Festival will be broadcasted live on the Internet by Sunrise news anchors. The Royal Order of Kamehameha I has increased the length of the celebration so that the Hawaiian culture will be protected. More Hawaiian dances, crafts and music performances will be included in the programme of the King Kamehameha Festival. The first programme of the festival will be held on the Moku Ola Island, nearby the bridge to Liliuokalani Gardens.