Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Kamehameha Day


 
I know a lot of our readers have probably never been to Hawaii and some probably aren't interested in going but for me, the islands are a place without stress, constant beauty and a place where my heart and mind can rest and rejuvinate.
 
Today is Kamehameha Day on the islands. This comes from Wikipedia;
 
Kamehameha Day, June 11, was first proclaimed by Kamehameha V (on December 22, 1871) as a day to honor his grandfather, Kamehameha I. The first observance of the holiday happened the following year. Late 19th century celebrations of Kamehameha Day featured carnivals and fairs, foot races, horse races and velocipede races. Kamehameha Day was one of the first holidays proclaimed by the Governor of Hawaii and the Hawaii State Legislature when Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959.

Today, Kamehameha Day is treated with elaborate events harkening back to ancient Hawaii, respecting the cultural traditions that Kamehameha defended as his society was slowly shifting towards European trends. The King Kamehameha Hula Competition attracts hula groups from all over the world to the Neil S. Blaisdell Center for the two-day event. Prizes are awarded on the second night.

Hula competitions? I should be going to Hawaii in June!

Both of these hibiscus shots were taken with the NIkon P7700 on Maui. The bottom photo was taken using the macro mode and just about two inches from the center of the flower.

7 comments:

  1. At first on the small portal the top photo looked like a tipped umbrella. The color is gorgeous, and I agree with you about the ambience of Hawai'i.

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  2. Well then happy Kamehameha Day! I think it would be a real treat to see some of the festivities of this day, might have to go to Hawaii in June one of these years...

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  3. Hubby is experiencing his first "paid" holiday today at his new position. so it's Happy Kamehameha Day!!! :) 30 days....dogs have their required paperwork and now we just wait! sigh

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  4. So pretty! I've been to Hawaii (but not Maui) and loved it! Kaua'i was my fav! I definitely won't be entering any hula contests though!

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  5. Happy K-Day to all. Seems to be a lot of festivities that would be fun to participate in!

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