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Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration Committee
Kohala Kamehameha Day Celebration Committee

Today is Kamehameha Day, a state holiday honoring the chief who first unified the Hawaiian Islands. Some say the most heartfelt celebrations happen on Hawai‘i island, in Kohala, where Kamehameha was born.

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  This week Friday and Saturday,  the 99th Annual King Kamehameha Celebration events take place on O‘ahu.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa gives a preview of the Kamehameha  Parade, known for its floral panorama of the islands.

The Kamehameha Celebration Parade begins at 9am Saturday near ‘Iolani Palace, running down Ala Moana and Kalākaua to Kapi‘olani park for the afternoon’s ho‘olaule‘a.   For more on the King Kamehameha celebrations on O'ahu and across the state. 

http://ags.hawaii.gov/kamehameha/

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   The Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association has presented the Samuel Kamakau Book of the Year Award to Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer, the new president and CEO of the influential Kohala Center in Waimea.  Looking ahead to Kamehameha Day, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa offers this look at Beamer’s ideas about Hawaiian leadership.  In this book you will also find fascinating descriptions of Hawaiian land divisions and management practices.

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   When was the last time you saw a butterfly?  Seventeen butterfly species make their home in Hawai‘i, and though they are often seen, the overall population of butterflies is drastically lower than fifty years ago.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa found there are efforts underway to lure even the rarer Kamehameha butterfly into home gardens.

kamehamehafestival.org
kamehamehafestival.org

  Kamehameha Day is being celebrated throughout the state today.  On Hawaii Island, the birthplace of the king, the celebrations are in two phases.  HPR's Sherry Bracken has the story.

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  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’s Noe Tanigawa 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.