Today we got up early for the Kamehameha parade. King Kamehameha was the first king to conquer all of the Hawaiian islands and unite them together. Here is a statue of him:
He is draped in leis for the celebration.
King Kamehameha’s descendants were one of the first in line in the parade.
They look like real warriors.
Next came the warriors of our country today: Our military soldiers.
The majority of the parade consisted of Hawaiian princesses. There is one princess for every island. First came the herald announcing the princess:
Then the princess herself
followed by her entourage in similar colors.
After each entourage, kids with rakes and shovels lugging a decorated cooler would follow to pick up horse poop!
The princesses would be interspersed with other things to see and hear such as the winners of the Miss Hawaii pageant and Lei day.
Best of all, we saw the Kamehameha high school band.
One of our friends we were staying with is in the high school and plays trumpet. You can barely see him in this picture since he’s in the back right hand corner.
The band played and marched very well and were followed by, of course, more princesses. Here is Princess Hawaii.
We saw different cars.
And finally Princess Oahu paraded into our view:
Standing in the hot sun watching the parade made us very thirsty and a little hungry and I knew that I could not leave Hawaii without some shaved ice. Especially since my parents run and own Akina’s Shaved Ice. I had to find out if Oahu’s shaved ice was just as good as ours in Kauai. My friend Abby took Heather and I to her opinion of the best shaved ice in Oahu called Shimazu.
All the syrups were just like our store at home.
They had almost as many flavors as Akina’s and they even had green apple! I’m going to have to tell Rachel.
Here is my shaved ice without the syrups. They’re really generous.
Heather wanted a picture with her shaved ice here because the scenery matched so well! She tried all Hawaiian flavors: lilikoi, lychee, and mango.
I had to sample it for myself too.
Jeez! This thing is almost bigger than me!
I loved the cool texture in my mouth. It was like eating flavored snow. Heather had ice cream put in the bottom of her cone and I stuck a straw in to slurp some up.
After that delicious snack we wandered over to the Iolani Palace. Did you know that it is the only palace in the whole United States? The Hawaiians were the only American royalty that we have.
This is the crest of the palace. It reads, “The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”. Yet the Hawaiian kings and queens did not feel they were treated righteously by the Americans because the Americans did not treat them like royalty. They preferred the British, which is why Hawaii’s state flag has the British flag inside it.
We entered from the back of the palace.
Queen Lili Uokalani resided in the palace and was the last queen of Hawaii. She was even imprisoned in her own palace for 8 months because she refused to relinquish her throne.
Many of the doors and windows of the palace had carvings in frosted glass.
The wood of the palace was kona wood which is very expensive and rare. Ukeleles are sometimes made of kona.
Notice in the dining room that the head chair is not at the head of the table. It’s in the center so the king or queen could be apart of every conversation around them.
If you attended a ball at the palace, you would be announced in the throne room. Abby is standing very dignified as she waits to be announced.
I tried on the crown:
After a quick pit stop,
(The palace was one of the first buildings in the whole country to have flushing toilets and running water. The bathtub:)
We went upstairs to the view the bedrooms.
The king’s bed looks small because the head board is so large. The bed is really a king size bed.
Next to the bedroom was the music room.
Queen Lili Uokalani’s husband loved to party and danced to many famous Hawaiian songs.
Beyond that room was the Queen’s chambers.
This looks queenly and cozy…
On the wall was a portrait of Queen Kapiolani.
Abby’s middle name is Kapiolani.
When Queen Lili Uokalani was imprisoned, she kept herself occupied by singing songs and sewing a crazy quilt:
The basement of the palace is now a museum which contains the crown jewels. My favorite piece was a butterfly brooch Queen Lili Uokalani would wear in her hair.
I tried it in my hair too:
We exited out the front of the palace and met some friends from church who took our picture:
(I wasn’t in the pic because Heather stuffed me back in the pink bag to keep out of the sun)