The first observance of the holiday happened 1872. In the late 19th century, celebrations of King Kamehameha I Day featured carnivals and fairs, foot races, horse races and velocipede races. Later the Governor of Hawai'i proclaimed King Kamehameha I Day as the first holiday for the state when Hawai'i achieved statehood in 1959.
Today, we celebrate with elaborate events harkening back to ancient Hawai'i, respecting the cultural traditions that Kamehameha defended as his society was slowly shifting towards European trends.
In observance of King Kamehameha I, our offices will be closed on Monday, June 12, 2023. Our offices will reopen on Tuesday, June 13, 2023.