King Kamehameha Day

10 Jun King Kamehameha Day

King Kamehameha Day

Hawaii will celebrate its 95th annual King Kamehameha Daythis weekend — and next weekend — with ceremonies, parades and other cultural celebrations paying tribute to King Kamehameha the Great, who unified the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1810 and was its first monarch.

The first King Kamehameha Day, proclaimed by King Kamehameha V to honor his grandfather, King Kamehameha I, was held on June 11, 1872. It’s now a state holiday — one of the first holidays proclaimed when Hawaii became a state in 1959.

All over the state there will be parades honoring the first King of Hawaii.  Schools are out, and since it is such a beautiful day, I am sure the beaches are full. Kukuiula Village is having an art night tonight and everyone in Poipu and throughout the island is invited.

Money for Job Training Earmarked for Hawaii

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s senators say $4.3 million is being appropriated to the University of Hawaii for job training and educational opportunities on the Big Island, Kauai, Lanai, Maui and Molokai.

U.S. Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka said the funding was obtained through an earmark in last fiscal year’s federal budget recently released by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The University of Hawaii-Maui College oversees the program, which started 14 years ago.

It offers training in disciplines including health care, culinary arts, food service, veterinary care, automotive repair and procurement.

Inouye said the funding will help rural areas of the state that were hit hardest by the global recession.

He said they’ll gain skills and training needed to enter the workforce.