National Geographic : 1960 Jul
40-foot Leis Smother Helmeted King Kamehameha I Islanders celebrate June 11 as Kamehameha Day, honoring the noble who united Hawaii's jeal ously guarded tribal kingdoms un der one scepter a century and a half ago. A four-day festival fol lows, featuring parades, pageants, and aquacades; the bronze statue in Honolulu's Civic Center wears fresh garlands of scented blossoms day and night. Swaying to the music of ukulele and drum, grass-skirted students perform a Tahitian dance for their "King" and "Queen" at Hilo High School. The occasion: Lei Day, May 1, when every citizen from governor to beach boy dons a flower necklace, and every school stages a pageant.