Celebrate the legacy of King Kamehameha from Kamakahonu Bay and experience first-hand the natural beauty that surrounded the ruler’s residence on the Big Island when booking Celebration Parade accommodations at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel.
The 100th annual King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade is set for Saturday, June 11, in Historic Kailua Village. The floral parade will begin at 9 a.m. and festivities will continue throughout the day in West Hawai’i in honor of the great ali’i credited for uniting the Hawaiian Islands. During his reign, King Kamehameha rebuilt Ahu’ena Heiau, a temple dedicated to Lono, the Hawaiian God of peace, agriculture, and prosperity. Reconstructed between 1812 and 1813, the Ahu’ena Heiau is on the register of National Historic Landmarks as one of Hawaii’s most important historic sites.
Located adjacent to the temple, the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotelbeckons guests with full-service amenities just steps from the white-sand beaches of Kailua-Kona. Honoring King Kamehameha and his celebrated legacy — all day, every day — the Courtyard is a perfect prototype for this year’s theme: “Ho’ohiwahiwa No Kamehameha,” which translates to “Honoring Kamehameha.” The stylish lodging includes numerous historic paintings, including a magnificent Hawaiian mural that greets guests the minute they step into the lobby area.
Painted by renowned artist, the late Herb Kane, the large and compelling mural depicts Kamehameha dressed in a simple kapa wrap and in conversation with his son, Liholiho, heir to the throne, who ruled as Kamehameha II.
In addition to historic interests, this contemporary hotel offers private balconies for oceanfront views; on-site restaurants; luaus; an infinity pool; fitness center; yoga studio; white sand beach; Kona Boys Beach Rentals for snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking, and UFO parasailing, scuba diving and surfing adventures.
The parade will travel down Ali’i Drive, then up Palani Road to Kuakini Highway. Adorned in flowers and colors of the Hawaiian Islands, regal pa’u riders on horseback will represent each of the eight islands, led by their respective princesses and the pa’u queen. The floral parade will also feature hula halau, equestrian units, marching bands, a horse-drawn carriage and more.
Adding to the list of many things to do in Kona during this celebration weekend, a music and art festival at Hulihe’e Palace continues the festivities and features a free concert lineup of top Hawaiian recording artists including Hoku Zuttermeister and Sista Robi Kahakalau.