The city held an inaugural King Kamehameha III (Kauikeaouli) Statue lei draping birthday celebration at Thomas Square on Friday morning. The tribute to the third king of the Kingdom of Hawai'i featured music by the Royal Hawaiian Band, speeches by dignitaries, a blessing, hula and the presentation of hoʻokupu, or offering, of lei upon the statue which was dedicated last July. Pictured are members of the Honolulu Fire Department Honor Guard placing the lei upon the statue which was dedicated in July 2018. Kamehameha III established the Honolulu Fire Department on December 27, 1850.
The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) presents lei which firefighters made in honor of King Kamehameha III who established the HFD in 1850. In the foreground is HFD Chief Manuel Neves (L) and Deputy Chief Lionel Camara Jr.
Kumu Ainsley K. Halemanu recites a pule, or blessing, before the lei draping.
Members of the St. Louis School halau, Hui O Na 'Opio, stand before the statue after the lei was presented.
Tama Rodrigues, 16, performs hula with the St. Louis School halau Hui O Na 'Opio.
At center is Caleb Lomavita, 16, performing hula with the St. Louis School halau Hui O Na 'Opio.
Detail of the lei which were made by various City and County department employees.
Detail of plumeria lei which were made by City and County employees.