King Kalakaua’s 187th Birthday Celebration

WHEN: Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
WHERE: ʻIolani Palace, 364 South King St.
COST: Free to the public

Join us at ʻIolani Palace on November 16 as we celebrate the birthday of Hawaiʻi’s last ruling king, David Kalākaua, also known as the “Merrie Monarch.” Born in 1836, King Kalākaua played an instrumental role in the revitalization of Hawaiian culture during his reign. He put a strong emphasis on international relations, technological innovation, and the preservation of Hawaiian arts and language. Kalākaua’s legacy lives, with his contributions impacting Hawaiʻi and its people to this day.

The following events will be held on November 16 in honor of King Kalākaua’s birthday:

11:30 a.m. – noon – Performance by Royal Hawaiian Band

Noon – 12:30 p.m. – Review of the Royal Guard

12:20 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Royal Guardsmen Posted at Gates

Additionally, the new Nā Koa o Nā Mōʻī exhibit is now open in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Royal Guard. It is on display in the Bartels Gallery in the ʻIolani Palace Basement, which will be free to the public on this day.