Kamehameha Festival

77 Keliipio Pl. Hilo HI

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June 11, 2017

The Coconut Island fest is in honor of King Kamehameha who conquered most of the Hawaiian Islands.

Dancers perform during the Kamehameha Festival

This year’s Festival theme is E ‘Onipa‘a Kākou, “To be steadfast, established, firm, resolute and determined.” This theme was chosen in honor of Queen Lili‘uokalani’s and in remembrance of the 124 anniversary of the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

This annual festival is part of the Kamehameha Day celebration that was first established in 1871 as a national holiday of the Kingdom of Hawai'i. Today the festival continues to honor the memory of the beloved king, who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. The event acts to preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian culture, and will include traditional Hawaiian music, hula, oli (chant), presentations, food, and arts and crafts vendors. 

The festival will feature music by local musicians and traditional dances selected by the Hula dance school, Hula Hālau. There will also be art and craft vendors and food. It is a cultural experience not to be missed.

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77 Keliipio Pl. Hilo HI 96720 U.S.


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