Celebrate Kamehameha Day in his N. Kohala birthplace

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The Kamehameha Day Committee will offer a full schedule of activities in North Kohala on Tuesday, June 11, to celebrate the birth of King Kamehameha I.

The day will include: an early morning ceremony and lei draping at King Kamehameha I’s original statue; a floral parade from the North Kohala Resource Center, to the statue with a Kamehameha descendant; a grand marshal, pa’u queen, colorful pa’u princesses and floats, and a full program of ho’olaule’a festivities at Kamehameha Park in Kapaau, including food booths, exhibits, craft vendors, and stage entertainment. This year’s theme is “Na Pua O Kamehameha,” or the generations of Kamehameha.

All are invited to volunteer. The next planning meeting is 6 p.m., May 16, at Kamehameha Park concession area. For specifics, call: food booths and craft vendors, Teresa Marquez, 217-7879; pa’u princess or private mounted units, Amoo Ching Kainoa, 895-2545; parade floats, Chona Ho’opai, 557-6042; statue ceremonies, Laddie Shim, 889-5213, and educational exhibits at Ho’olaule’a, Dennis Matsuda at 333-2744.

For general questions or to donate time, money, or equipment, contact committee chairperson Cicely Ho’opai at 557-6042, or email choopai85@yahoo.com. Visit www.kamehamehadaycelebration.org for updates.