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Celebrate King Kamehameha Day on June 9

For more than 135 years, Hawaii has been honoring the memory of Kamehameha the Great, Hawaii’s first king, on Kamehameha Day. The King Kamehameha Celebration is a part of that tribute to Kamehameha, who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810.

“The King Kamehameha Celebration is an important event for Hawaii that helps to perpetuate and draw attention to the Hawaiian culture,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the HTA. “We are proud to support our host culture and Native Hawaiian events such as the King Kamehameha Celebration, which is unique to our Hawaiian Islands.”   

The annual statewide celebration aims to honor the Hawaiian culture while drawing visitors and residents to enjoy the music, hula, performances, and arts and crafts. The celebration provides visitors and residents with a culturally enriching experience unique to the Hawaiian Islands, as a way to better understand Hawaii’s rich history. For more information on the celebration and events happening across the state click here.


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