HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tomorrow, June 11, is Kamehameha Day, a day when we celebrate the life and legacy of Kamehameha. This year's celebration is especially important and event organizers are hoping to honor Kamehameha in a very traditional way. Amy Kalili has more.
This year marks 200 years of the unification of the Hawaiian Islands and so we felt more responsibility to do something more traditional.
Chair, King Kamehameha Celebration Commission
Maikaʻi ka nânâ ʻia o ka ʻaoʻao kuʻuna ma kçia piha makahiki 200.
Ke hele nei he 90 a ʻoi makahiki o ka ʻâkoakoa ʻana o ka poʻe ma ko Kamehameha kiʻi ma kona lâ nui no ka lei aku i ia kiʻi. Ma ka noiʻi ʻana aku nô naʻe o ko ke komikina, ua ʻike ʻia ka kûpono o ke kâlailai hou ʻia o kçia hanana.
For over 90 years, Kamehameha day has been marked by this lei draping ceremony. The commision is taking a new look however at this tradition.
His statue that is here in Honolulu for years past has become sort of a tourist attraction seeing that lei ceremony, the draping of the lei, and it's a beautiful thing. But ahuʻula protocol, cape protocol dictates that lei are not to be put on it.
He nani nô ka lei ʻana i kona kiʻi, akâ wahi a kahiko, ʻaʻole hoʻi e lei ʻia kekahi e komo ana i ka ahuʻula.
No laila, i kçia makahiki, e lei ʻia kona lima wale nô i mea mâlama i ka ʻihiʻihi o ka ʻahuʻula a e ʻokoʻa hou aku nô paha ke kiʻina hana o kçia makahiki aʻe.
So this year, lei are going to be draped only on his arm and next year may be even a little more different.
So for next year we're looking at possibly doing a draping in a different way. Not on his person but around the base, around the mound.
I kçia makahiki aʻe, ʻaʻole ana paha e lei iki ʻia ke kiʻi, akâ e waiho ʻia ma ka ʻâina.
Mâlama maʻamau ʻia ka ʻaha hoʻokupu ma ka Poʻalima kokoke loa i ka lâ 11 o Iune.
The lei draping ceremony usually falls on the Friday closest to June 11.
What we're doing now is we're trying to do the lei ceremony always on June 11, regardless of the day that it falls on, because that's the day that Kamehameha V designated to honor his grandfather.
Makemake e paʻa ka hanana ma ka lâ 11 ponoʻî nô o Iune, ʻoiai ʻo ia nô ka lâ a Kamehameha V i koho ai.
ʻO ke ala e holo ai ko ka paikau kekahi mea e hoʻihoʻi ʻia ana i kona ʻano o ka wâ ma mua.
The parade route is also going to revert back to tradition.
For the last maybe 30 years or so it's ended at the Kapiʻolani Park.
The traditional route of the parade always ended in the Downtown area around the palace, around the statue.
ʻOiai i kçia mau lâ pau ma Kapiʻolani Pâka, ma mua, pau ma kahi o ka hale aliʻi ʻo ʻIolani.
As long as we think about Kamehameha in all that we do, we'll always comeback to homebase. That's the objective. That's the message.
ʻO ka mea nui, ʻo ia ke kia ʻana i ka hoʻomanaʻo aku iâ Kamehameha.
E naue aku i ka ʻaha hoʻokupu mai ka hola 11 a i ka 2 o ke awakea i ka lâ ʻâpôpô ma ke kiʻi hoʻomanaʻo o Kamehameha i mua o Aliʻiolani Hale.
Make your way to the hoʻokupu ceremony tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of Aliʻiʻiolani Hale.
ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now.