Some Great Photos - King Kamehameha Day, Kailua Kona, HI 2011.
A little background:
Kamehameha the Great, also known as Kamehameha I and Kamehameha the First, was ruler of Hawaii from 1782 until his death on May 8, 1819. He is remembered for uniting Hawaii, introducing laws to uphold human rights in combat situations, and for being a fair and stable leader. His name means "lonely" or "loneliness" and he is sometimes known as the "Napoleon of the Pacific".
In 1871, the great-grandson of Kamehameha the Great, known as Kamehameha V, passed a royal decree that Kamehameha Day should be celebrated. The day was first observed on June 11, 1872, and was one of the first holidays proclaimed by the Hawaii State Legislature after Hawaii became a US state in 1959.
What a great day today, a little overcast, kept the temperature down, and made for a perfect parade. Not going to write a lot here, just enjoy the photos
We will start with my lovely wife, Kimi, riding with the - Daughters of Hawaii
Look at these Horse Lei's, many of these riders were up past midnight making these leis, with the flowers, and vines picked earlier in the day - all have to be native and fresh.
Carol and Christine representing Maui
The women, and men, go all out, decorating the horses and themselves -
Some more incredible, people, horses, and lei's
Whats a Parade day, with out being able to jump off the Kailua Pier - My son Dean on the right, and his friend Zack on the left
And the day finished up with canoe races from the pier