Hula halau honor Kalakaua’s legacy

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The statue of King David Kalakaua is adorned with lei and gifts in honor of his birthday at Kalakaua Park in Hilo on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald People hold hands and sing together to celebrate the birth of King David Kalakaua.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald At Kalakaua Park in Hilo on Tuesday, Iwalani Kalima explains the need for a ceremony honoring the legacy of King David Kalakaua on his birthday.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Kumu Moses Crabbe performs the hula in honor of the birth of King David Kalakaua at Kalakaua Park in Hilo on Tuesday. Halauolaokalani led a small ceremony to celebrate Kalakaua's legacy.

Hula halau from Hawaii Island gathered at Kalakaua Park on Tuesday to celebrate the birth of King David Kalakaua and to honor his legacy as the last monarch of Hawaii.