The yellow plumeria lei are so long that bringing them to the statue takes a crew of five.
Raising the lei with a Fire Department cherry picker. The building in the background is Aliiolani, home of the Hawaii state judiciary.
The Royal Hawaiian Band's hula dancer entertains the gathering crowd.
A few pink plumeria lei complete the draping. These are the Hawaiian royal colors, yellow and red.
The ceremony draws a large crowd.
A conch blower begins the procession from the gates of Iolani Palace
The Mamakakaua, "Procession of Warriors," begins at Iolani Palace and crosses the street to the statue.
The procession reaches the statue.
Traditional garb is the order of the day.
Of course, not everyone was riveted.
The ladies of the Kaahumanu Society.
Members of the Hale o na Alii o Hawaii Nei
Laying hookupu, or ceremonial offerings, on the statue.
A feathered war god, in tribute to Kamehameha I's prowess in war.
A warlike king is celebrated with flowers and ti leaves.
A final hula.