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Hawaii Remembers Kamehameha the Great

Melissa Dion Melissa Dion
Jason Dion Jason Dion

HONOLULUL (KHNL) - Hawaii remembers Kamehameha the Great, the Monarch who first established the Unified Kingdom of Hawaii.

On this Kamehameha Day, visitors flocked to the Kamehameha statue in front of Ali'i-olani Hale.  They came to honor and take photos of one of the most popular landmarks on Oahu.

" Everyone is well united here," said visitor Melissa Dion. "It's very family-like."

"The fact that he was able to do what he did with uniting everybody, and being in front of this building and the Iolani palace over there, it's actually really amazing," added Jason Dion.

In 1871, Kamehameha Day was first established by a royal decree from Kamehameha the Fifth.  It was one of the first holidays recognized by the governor, when Hawaii became a state in 1959.  

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