Hawaii honors the warrior king that unified the Hawaiian islands
Descendants of King Kamehameha the Great's warrior bloodline commemorate their lineage every year on Kamehameha Day -- a tradition dating back more than a hundred years ago.
In the middle of O'ahus modern city, there's a tradition that takes place where members of the Mamakakaua -- Sons and Daughters of the Warriors of Hawaii honor Hawai'is first ruler, Kamehameha the great.
Dressed in black and draped in capes weaving a history tied to the warrior king, the group practices a century old ceremony perpetuating his rich legacy.
Coline Aiu -- affectionately known as Miss Coline is acting Kuhina Nui, who has the responsibility to uphold the memory how Hawai'i came to be.
"Not only by words, but through action. To remember that there are many who stand behind us and there are many to come forward from our line," Aiu says.
A line that links to Pai'ea (Kamehameha I) and the warriors who fought alongside, and against him.
"It's a wonderful tribute. It really is, " said Dianne Helms, a visitor from Colorado. "And to keep it going, it's been many many many years -- and to keep it going, it's wonderful."
In 1810 King Kamehameha unified the islands, then establishing the Kamehameha Dynasty which chronicled a long line of rulers.
"The Kingdom of Hawaii, or the Hawaiian Kingdom, is known and is honored throughout the world today," expressed Her Royal Highness, Owana Salazar of the Royal Order of the Crown of Hawai'i.
King Kamehameha's ties even touching other parts of Polynesia.
From the House of Pomare in Tahiti, Ari'imihi Tetua Manchon shared, "The family come from Hewahewa. It's the same -- it's my blood. It's my family. It's the family of polynesia."
Before his death in 1819, Kamehameha 'Ekahi became known as a king of conquest and concord.
"When our people look at his statue, and they see his spear -- his 'ihe is now in his left hand, and his right hand is open. It's a gesture of peace. It is a gesture of a future without destruction," said Aiu.