Kamehameha Day is a day to honor King Kamehameha the Great, the man who unified the Hawaiian Islands and unified the Kingdom of Hawaii. Established as a national holiday in 1871, every June 11, Kamehameha Day honors and celebrates the memory of King Kamehameha.
The Kamehameha Festival is a big part of the Kamehameha Day celebration. The festival at Mokuloa (Coconut Island) in Hilo has been celebrated since 1985 as a day to gather with family and friends in honor of King Kamehameha. The festival features hula, chants, arts and crafts, music, dance and more. The festival is a fun, free event for the whole family, and remains an alcohol and smoke free event.