Raised on the slopes of Hualalai, Moana Kuma will reign as queen of the 2016 King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade in Kailua-Kona on Saturday, June 11. In her unit, Moana honors her entire extended ohana, friends, and past parade queens who illustrate Kona’s beautiful past, present, and future. As queen, she will pay tribute to her beloved Kona and its people. Moana has been a part of the Kamehameha Day Parade festivities for the last three decades as a pa’u rider, narrator, and planning committee member. She gives her sincere mahalo and aloha to her ohana and friends who have walked this journey with her.
Featuring 120 riders on horseback, this year's floral parade begins at 9 a.m. in Historic Kailua Village. Beautiful p‘au equestrian units will represent the eight Hawaiian Islands, led by this year's pa‘u queen, Moana Kumu. The parade travels down Ali‘i Drive from Royal Kona Resort past Hulihe‘e Palace and Kailua Pier, up Palani Road to Kuakini Highway. Come one, come all! [caption id="attachment_863" align="alignleft" width="640"] Anna Akaka, 2014 Pa‘u Queen[/caption]
Her first solo recording, Sistah Robi, was released in 1995. Some of the featured artists are Roland Cazimero, Ernie Cruz Jr., Troy Fernandez, Bryan Kessler, Sean Na'auao, Jeff Rasmussen, and Fiji. Oh, and Bu La'ia too. Her second album, Keiki O Ka 'Aina, was released in 1997. This album reveals Robi's love for the children, the land, and life itself. Featured again are Michael Grand, Fiji, Sean Na'auao, and Dave Tucciarone. Also included are the The Ka'au Crater Boys, The Makaha Sons, Cyril Pahinui, BB Shawn (Ishimoto), and chant by Kekuhi Kanahele. All I Want, was released in 2000. Her third CD features some of her favorite songs and many of her favorite musicians. Ranging from Hawaiian, to reggae, blues, jazz and R&B, with lyrics in English, Hawaiian, Tahitian and French. Among guest artists are The Makaha Sons, Kapena, Lehua Kalima of Na Leo Pilimihana, Sakiusa Bulicokocoko, Ernie Cruz Jr., Eric…
Recording artist Hoku Zuttermeister takes the stage at this year's Ho'olaule'a after the parade on June 11, 2016. Hōkū’s album, “‘Āina Kūpuna”, won six 2008 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards including Hawaiian Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Hawaiian Language Performance, Most Promising New Artist and Liner Notes.
Parade participants will gather at Kona Historical Society on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn about the pa'u tradition. Led by Hawaiian kupuna of pa"u, the workshop will feature lei-making demonstrations, pa‘u wrapping sessions, equestrian protocol and history of the pa‘u tradition. The public is invited to attend. For information, contact Barbara Nobriga at 322-9944.