On Saturday, June 11, 2022, Kohala pays tribute with ceremony, lei, hula, mele, and oli to Kamehameha Paiea, the fearless king. While many in the lāhui (Hawaiian nation) believe him to only have been a conqueror, we need to remember that his leadership also brought an era of peace and growth, as well as an establishment of the aupuni (government structure).

Kamehameha spent his life creating a foundation of a nation from which the lāhui continues to rise, shaping the indentity of Hawaiians. For this and many other reasons, we celebrate his life and praise him as leader extraordinaire.