Transport back to the Hawaiian days of old on June 8 for the 103rd Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade. Locals and visitors alike come together for a day of elaborate events celebrating King Kamehameha’s establishment of the Kingdom of Hawaii nearly 225 years ago. Find the best spot to watch the dancers and bands in the King Kamehameha Floral Parade with our guide to the festivities.
The festive floral parade snakes through the streets of Waikiki, revealing traditional royal pa’u riders on horseback, colorfully dressed princesses representing the eight major islands of Hawaii, ornate, flowery floats, and Hawaiian marching bands. With themes of ‘E Kuʻupau a Kani Leʻa Na Mele Kupuna’ or ‘Play Without Restraint Until The Songs of Our Ancestors Resound Joyously,’ the Royal Hawaiian Band showcases their talents and cultural pride to onlookers on this magical day.
The procession will travel roughly four miles beginning at King Street in front of ‘Iolani Palace and advance down Punchbowl Street before making a left onto Ala Moana Boulevard. The parade then makes its way to Kalakaua Avenue before ending at Monsarrat Avenue and Queen Kapiolani Park.
The floral parade will have over 15 different review stands along the route for parade-goers to listen to the cultural narrative. Hawaiian and Japanese translations are available at the Royal Hawaiian Center review stand. We recommend staking out a spot in the shade in advance before the crowds gather and the sun is at its hottest. For a unique vantage point, watch from your room balcony here at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. If your room faces Kuhio Beach, you’ll enjoy an elevated view of the parade streaming down Kalakaua Avenue.
Visit the parade’s end at Queen Kapi‘olani Park for an afternoon of cultural entertainment, food vendors, live music, and Hawaiian craft booths at the annual King Kamehameha Celebration Ho‘olaule‘a. Pick up traditional souvenirs like lauhala leaf creations, native acacia koa woodworks, original paintings, and designer Hawaiian clothing.
The King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade kicks off on June 8, at 9am in front of Iolani Palace and ends at the Queen Kapi‘olani Park block party.
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