Eight hours before the annual King Kamehameha statue lei draping ceremony starts, a pack of volunteers dedicate themselves to crafting the signature 40-foot lei made with yellow plumeria flowers. The ladies of the Hawaiian Civic society Ahahui Kaʻahumanu start their day at 7:30 a.m. and work until the ceremony at 3 p.m. The lei is later set to be raised over the statue by the Honolulu Fire Department to pay respect to King Kamehameha.
Members from the Kaʻahumanu Civic Society and the Hawaiian Civic Society of Wahiawa volunteered for the event as well.
The lei draping ceremony is way to pay tribute and appreciate the Hawaiian culture.
"If you want to know why we are doing this, then I’d say we are doing it because it’s the part of the legacy," volunteer Julie Murray said. "This is what you can say.”
Over a hundred people gathered at the event at Aliʻiolani Hale. The lei draping ceremony is one of many events this weekend to honor King Kamehameha.
The other events on O'ahu include the 103rd Annual King Kamehameha Floral Parade and Ho'olaule'a on June 8. There is also a Mamakakaua Ceremony at the King Kamehameha statue on June 11.
King Kamehameha Day is on June 11.