Pālāʻau celebrates the history and legacy of King Kamehameha

In the 1860s, King Kamehameha V planted 1000 coconut trees to represent the 1000 warriors who once protected Hawaii. He named this swath of land in Moloka'i the Kapuaiwa Royal Coconut Grove, and, though there are only about 100 trees left today, the grove stands as a reminder of King Kamehameha I, who unified the Hawaiian islands.

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A Pālāʻau community group created a festival to celebrate Kamehameha I. This festival highlights pāʻū, which refers to the skirt that female horseback riders wear. Volunteers at the festival came together to create floral displays with a variety of Hawaiian flowers. Then, each participating island appointed a princess, and with the Grand Marshal leading the festivities, celebrated King Kamehameha’s legacy.