It was established back in 1871 by King Kamehameha V in honor of his great-grandfather Kamehameha the First.
King Kamehameha was born on the Big Island of Hawai`i between the years 1740-1758.
He was the son of Chief Keoua Kupuapaikalani and Kekuiapoiwa.
He was raised by foster parents and trained in the art of battle.
Kamehameha is remembered for fearlessly unifying the Hawaiian islands and becoming the first unified ruler of the islands in 1795.