King Kamehameha Day Parade — June 15th

Event Details

When: June 15th, 9 a.m. to noon
Location: Vidinha Stadium and Historic County Building, Lihue

Event Description

Plan on attending one of the more colorful and special parades on June 15th in honor of Hawaii’ King Kamehameha, from 9 to 10 a.m. in Lihue. Pa‘u units including the queen and her entourage of princesses are wahine (women) wear long, colorful skirts called pa‘u. The unis characteristically ride astride rather than sidesaddle, and stem from the early 19th century when horses were introduced to Hawaii and ali‘i (royalty) women dressed up to ride for formal occasions. The riders participated in performances and displays, the outfits became more elaborate. Other mounted units and displays are included in the parade

The long, colorful skirts are usually of the color of the Hawaiian Islands the rider represents, such as purple being the color of Kaua’i, yellow representing O’ahu, green being the color of Moloka’i, pink for the lokelani, or native rose, of color of Red, or Ohia Lehua for the Big Island, Orange or the Yellow and Orange Air Plant for Lanai and White, orß

This year is the 16th anniversary of the Kings Parade. Pau riders wear special flowers and leis, along with special dresses flowing off the back of the horse. Horses also are decorated with stunning lei configjrationns and flowers intertwined into manes and tails. This parade is a sight to behold and shouldn’t be missed.

Route road closure at 8:30 a.m., parade starts from Vidinha Stadium at 9 a.m., and ends at the Historic Kauai County Building. Bring your own lawn chair, umbrella and aloha!


Kamehameha Parade Kauai. King Kam Pau Riders Kauai