The holidays in Hawaiʻi?
What sort of holidays are celebrated in Hawaiʻi this time of year, and what are they like?
Here are 4 of the Hawaiian holidays: 1. Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day This day is more commonly referred to as "Kuhio Day." It takes place annually on March 26th. The holiday was established back in 1949 to celebrate the birthday of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole. Prince Kuhio was born on Kauai in 1871 to High Chief David Kahalepouli and Princess Kinoiki Kekaulike. He went on to serve as the second delegate to U.S. Congress from 1903-1921. He is most remembered for getting Congress to designate public land for Native Hawaiian families to homestead on. Prince Kuhio Day is celebrated by a parade on the island of Oahu and with statewide canoe races and luaus.
King Kamehameha I Day This day is more commonly referred to as "Kamehameha Day." It takes place annually on June 11th. The holiday was established back in 1871 by King Kamehameha V in honor of his great-grandfather Kamehameha the First. Kamehameha Day is the only holiday that was established by royal proclamation that is still officially observed by the state of Hawaii. King Kamehameha was born on the Big Island of Hawaii between the years 1740-1758. He was the son of Chief Keoua Kupuapaikalani and Kekuiapoiwa. He was raised by foster parents and trained in the art of battle. Kamehameha is remembered for fearlessly unifying the Hawaiian islands and becoming the first unified ruler of the islands in 1795. King Kamehameha Day is celebrated with parades, hula, music festivals and the draping of a huge statue of the late king with flower leis.
Admissions Day Admissions Day is also called "Statehood Day," although it is rarely called that by residents. Admissions Day is observed annually on the third Friday of August to celebrate Hawaii becoming the 50th state of America. Hawaii became recognized as a state of the U.S. in 1959. Representatives for Hawaii as a U.S. territory had been trying to get the Hawaii Statehood Bill passed for fifty years. It took five failed attempts (1919, 1931, 1935, 1947, 1950) before the bill was finally passed and signed by President Eisenhower on August 21, 1959.
May Day May Day is also known as "Lei Day" in Hawaii. It is celebrated annually usually during the first week of May. The holiday was established back in 1928 to celebrate the making and wearing of the flower lei. It seemed appropriate to have this "Lei Day" fall on May Day. May Day is celebrated statewide by the wearing of leis, parades and school programs depicting the traditional Hawaiian court. School children usually participate in festivities during May Day.