Bruce and Yaling Fisher are among several in the Hawaii travel industry receiving awards at the WAVE Awards Gala today at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Angeles in Beverly Hills, California. Bruce Fisher won the runner-up award in the category of Travel Agent Superstar, which recognizes an agent’s ability to generate sales despite the odds. The award includes a seven-night cruise of the Mexican Riviera provided by Royal Caribbean. The Trendsetter Awards are presented by TravelAge West Magazine.

President Obama gave a nod to Hawaii history today, signing a proclamation honoring King Kamehameha the Great and urging the nation to celebrate June 11 as Kamehameha Day along with Hawaii. The statement calls on “all Americans to celebrate the rich heritage of Hawaii with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

In Honolulu, those activities will include draping the King Kamehameha I statue in lei on Friday and the 94th King Kamehameha Floral Parade beginning at 9 am on Saturday. The parade winds along Ala Moana Boulevard ending at ‘Iolani Palace. The palace grounds will then be the site of an all-day Hoolaulea Saturday: crafts, cultural and educational exhibits and entertainment including music and hula.

The celebration in honor of King Kamehameha I shares the weekend with the Pan-Pacific Festival. Friday evening will be a hula festival in Waikiki at the hula mound near the Duke Kahanomoku statue. Saturday afternoon and evening is a hula competition between halau from Hawaii and Japan. The festival concludes with a parade Sunday evening along Kalaukaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park. It includes cultural groups from around the Pacific — last year, there were over two thousand participants in the parade!

If you are on Oahu this weekend, the opportunities to experience the music, dance and celebration that is Hawaii are plentiful. If you are planning a vacation, keep in mind that this special time is celebrated each June. Either way, if you are near Waikiki or downtown Honolulu Friday, Saturday or Sunday, expect traffic delays and relax. There’s no hurry, it’s time to party!


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