King Kamehameha I Day

Today in history — June 11, 1916 — people in Honolulu celebrated King Kamehameha I Day. Hawaiian men dressed in bright yellow cloaks for Hawaiian royalty marched in floral parades. In a ceremony, men in the alii outfit flanked Kamehameha I’s statue in downtown. Read more about it in “Kamehameha Day Spectacle Makes Most Gorgeous Display.”

“Kamehameha Day Spectacle Makes Most Gorgeous Display”
The Hawaiian gazette., June 13, 1916, Image 1

4 Comments on “King Kamehameha I Day”

  1. Frank says:

    Your Hawaii digital newspaper project appears to have lack of native hawaiian staff. It leaves me to believe that your dissemination of news items will have to be scrutinized on its output and merit to the general public in the future. Revisionist story telling has been a problem for our native hawaiian history over the last 120+ years. We now have found that there is no Treaty of Annexation with the United States (Dr. Keanu Sai, UH Manoa). Our local news wire the Star Advertiser did not discover nor has reported this revelation to the general public. Thus my mistrust of local news agencies and their supposedly unbiased reporting in general. As a consequence I have a skepticism of HDNP ,’s staffing which appears to be people of malihini/foreign, mostly asian surnames.

    • hdnpC says:

      The Hawaii Digital Newspaper project of the University of Hawaii at Manoa is a part of the (U.S.) National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supported program to digitize *English-language* newspapers published between the years of 1880 and 1922. Our goal is to make primary research materials available for study. Our blog highlights the news as it was presented in the times it was created. Alternative news reporting may be found in Hoʻolaupaʻi Hawaiian Nūpepa Collection

  2. […] descendant of Kamehameha I lost his feather cloak in the Chinatown Fire of 1900. Solomon Lehuanui Kalaniomaiheuila […]

  3. […] a grandchild of Kamehameha I, Keʻelikōlani served as the primary heir to the Kamehameha family. Thus, When she died, […]

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