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Kamehameha Day celebration in North Kohala Friday (June 11)

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Schedule and Location of Events
Friday, June 11, 2010

All events of the North Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration take place in and near the town of Kapa’au on the northern tip of the Big Island of Hawai’i.

8 a.m. Statue Ceremonies

The original statue of Kamehameha I stands above Akoni Pule Highway on the lawn of the Civic Center in Kapa’au.

The statue can be viewed year-round. On the morning of June 11th, the statue is draped with lei, and the flowers remain in place as long as they are fresh.

9 a.m. Floral Parade

The floral parade starts at Kohala High School (mile marker 22) at 9 a.m. and proceeds down Akoni Pule Highway to Kapa’au, first past the statue of Kamehameha I and then into Kamehameha Park, site of the Ho’olaule’a.

During the parade Akoni Pule Highway will be CLOSED between Kohala High School and Hospital Road in Kapa’au, reopening about 10 a.m.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ho’olaule’a

The ho’olaule’a takes place in Kamehameha Park in Kapa’au. Turn makai from Akoni Pule Highway at the park sign.

Seeing it all

For best viewing, arrive by 8 a.m. and leave your car in Kamehameha Park, site of the afternoon festivities. From the park, it’s a short walk to parade viewing and ceremonies at the King’s statue in front of the civic center.
Driving directions

Getting there from Kona

Drive north on Queen Ka’ahumanu Hwy (19) to Kawaihae Road intersection. Turn left. After 1 mile, veer right onto Hwy 270 (Akoni Pule Highway) for the 20-mile coast drive to Hawi and Kapa’au.

Getting there from Hilo

Drive north on the Mamalahoa Hwy (19) through Waimea. Veer right onto the Kohala Mountain Road (250) for the 20-mile mountain drive to Hawi or Kapa’au.

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