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June 11th is Kamehameha Day
you're looking for something to do today then break out your grass
skirt because it's Kamehameha Day! You're so getting leid today!
Let's get right into celebrating Kamehameha Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Today is a holiday to honor Kamehameha I, the man who first
unified the Kingdom of Hawaii. He brought all the islands together so
he deserves a good celebration! Sure, it might have taken a few battles
before they were unified but he got it done! He set up a universal law
for the islands, used the taxes to promote trade with The United States
and Europe and only allowed the Hawaiian people to own Hawaiian land.
This holiday was first established by his great grandson in 1871
and it was observed for the first time the following year. They
celebrated with things like carnivals and a bunch of races, whether by
foot, horse or velocipede.
Which might sound like an insect but
it's pretty much any human-powered land vehicle, like a bicycle.
Today there are hula competitions, floral parades and draping
ceremonies. People come from all over the world for these two-day hula
competitions, so they must be a pretty big deal. And there are many
floral parades held on different islands. But the draping ceremonies
are when they put leis, flower wreaths, on statues of Kamehameha I. A
nice colorful addition to a figure of a man that's never forgotten.
Which celebration appeals to you most?
So, how can you celebrate today? Well, if you don't live in
Hawaii then you can't... JUST KIDDING! In fact, I think we should make
this a worldwide celebration, since it's only really celebrated in
Hawaii. Do you love Hawaii? How it looks? What you can do there? So why
wouldn't you want to celebrate a man who helped bring about a way of
life that you admire? That's what I thought!
So you could easily
set up your own hula competition, carnival, fair or even just a luau in
your backyard to celebrate this man. You could even organize some races
like they use to hold or try to set up a floral parade in your town.
I'm sure that'd bring some extra flavor to where you live! And if it
caught the medias attention, think of how proud the Hawaiian people
would be to see that people respect their traditions and care enough to
celebrate with them all over the world. Or you could just have a
little fun yourself by stocking up on as many leis as you can. Then you
can go around your town and smile as someone walks by and then pop a
lei around their neck. They might not know what's up but you can just
tell them that if they love Hawaii then they should wear it all day to
represent the great islands. You could also slip a lei over the neck of
all the statues in your town. And if you do that then feel free to
leave links to pictures of the statues with leis on them in the
comments below! I hope you have a great day; shaka!