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Kamehameha I: Warrior and Visionary

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David Kawika Eyre, author of the award winning biography for students, "The Rise of A King: Kamehameha"


  Tomorrow is Kamehameha Day in Hawai’i, a state holiday commemorating the warrior king who used both force and diplomacy to unify the Hawaiian islands.  HPR’sNoeTanigawa reports on his life and legacy as recorded in a new book about his life.   “The Rise of a King:  Kamehameha”  will be required reading for fourth and seventh graders at Kamehameha Schools.

“The Rise of a King:  Kamehameha”,  an award winning book for young adults by David Kawika Eyre, is available at Na Mea/ Native Books. Costco, and other booksellers or from Kamehameha Publishing.  The Bishop Museum will be open tomorrow,  Kamehameha Day, with several works associated with the King on view.  Here is a schedule of Kamehameha day events on O'ahu but go to the King Kamehameha Celebration Commissionsite for a roundup of all activities.


» King Kamehameha Statue Lei Draping Ceremony: At 3 p.m. Wednesday the statue of Kamehameha I, across the street from Iolani Palace, will be draped with lei.

» 98th annual King Kamehameha Floral Parade: The parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at King and Richards streets and ends at Kapiolani Park with 10 floats and more than 6,000 marchers expected.

» Hoolaulea: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, featuring food booths, entertainment, arts and craft vendors and informational booths, at Kakaako Makai Gateway Park (grassy area between the UH medical building and the Children's Discovery Center)

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Noe Tanigawa covered art, culture and ideas for two decades at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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