Kalani's culture is based on the Hawaiian core values of integrity and respect. In this section we invite you to learn more about the island life and Aloha spirit.
Co-founder of Kalani
Born & raised on Maui, HI
King Kamehameha Day
King Kamehameha Day is celebrated in Hawaii annually on June 11th to honor the life of King Kamehameha the Great. King Kamehameha Day was established by Kamehameha V, the great-grandson of King Kamehameha the Great, in late 1871. The first celebration took place on June 11, 1872. During Hawaii's transformation to statehood in 1959, King Kamehameha Day was one of the first holidays proclaimed by State Legislature and the Governor of Hawaii. King Kamehameha Day is the only holiday in the US created to honor a former monarch. As an official state holiday, all federal and local government offices and banks are closed in observance.
King Kamehameha Day is a day of traditional festivities. Every year there is a ceremonial lei draping of the King Kamehameha statues where many, many 25 foot long lei's are draped over the statues of Kamehameha. There is also an annual parade. This parade features pa'u - royal female horse-back riders - who represent the 8 Hawaiian islands. After the parade, there is a block party with food and music, known as a ho'olaule'a (which means celebration). These festivities serve as a tribute to Kamehameha, and act to protect, preserve, and perpetuate Hawaiian culture.
Pa'u riders (royal female horseback riders) were added to the annual parade in 1907.
King Kamehameha statue decorated with Lei's in celebration of King Kamehameha Day.
Hawaiian Word of the Week: ho'olaule'a
Translation: celebration Pronunciation: ho-o-lau-lay-ah