MAYOR’S OFFICE OF CULTURE AND THE ARTS
CITY AND COUNTY OF HONOLULU
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 08, 2013
Birthday celebration to honor King David Kalākaua
Honolulu – A celebration commemorating King David Kalākaua’s birthday will be held on Fri. Nov. 15, at 9 a.m., at the King Kalākaua Park in Waikiki. A statue of Kalākaua, the last reigning king of Hawaii, stands at the park at the intersection of Kūhiō and Kalākaua Avenues.
The program will feature the Royal Hawaiian Band, Iwakuni Odori Aiko Kai, and Halau Hula o Maiki. Representatives from the Consulate General of Japan at Honolulu, the Office of Mayor Kirk Caldwell, and the Grand Masonic Lodge of Hawaii are slated to participate in the event. There will also be offerings of ho‘okupu to honor Kalākaua.
The event is presented by Freemasons from Honolulu’s Lodge Le Progrès de L’Océanie, the United Japanese Society of Hawaii (UJSH), and the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (MoCA).
The UJSH has spearheaded the birthday celebration for the past 24 years. The event is significant for Hawaii’s Japanese community because Kalākaua, during his historic visit to Japan in 1881, encouraged Japanese Emperor Meiji to send immigrants to Hawaii to relieve the labor shortage on sugar plantations. More than 200,000 Japanese immigrated to Hawaii between 1885 and 1924.
King Kalākaua was born Nov. 16, 1836. This celebration takes place the day before his birthday, on Nov. 15.