Today is Kamehameha Day! This Hawaiian public holiday was first proclaimed by Kamehameha V, as a day to honor his grandfather. Kamehameha the Great first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaii. During his rule, Hawaii was the center of the fur and pineapple trade.
Today the holiday is celebrated with elaborate events based on ancient Hawaiian culture – a floral parade is held each year using breathtaking native florals and plants. After the parade there is a lively block party with food and music and a lei draping ceremony over the famous statue of Kamehameha the Great.
Here are some beautiful photos marking the festive occasion and a few tropically inspired floral arrangement of ours that we think would look fantastic on a parade float!
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This luscious display makes a lovely lei – it’s the ultimate in orchid indulgence
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This deep purple orchid arrangement looks good enough to eat – it really is eye candy
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Do you have a favorite tropical flower?