If you would like to participate in the upcoming King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade on Saturday, June 10, 2017, there is still time to submit an application. Categories include marching units, decorated floats, equestrian units, marching bands, hula halau and more. Download your application at KonaParade.org
The Songbird of Miloli‘i, Diana Aki will bring her special brand of aloha to the 2017 Ho‘olaule‘a at Hulihe‘e Palace. In 1990, she received the Female Vocalist of the Year award for her debut album, Memories of You at the Na Hoku Hanohano awards. She was honored for Best Original Song for her recording of "Mana‘o Pili." Four of her original compositions were featured on the album. Several albums followed, including the acclaimed Kalihi released in 2009. [caption id="attachment_956" align="alignleft" width="600"] Diana Aki will perform live at Hulihe‘e Palace on Saturday, June 10 at 1 p.m.[/caption]
Visitors are welcome to learn about the pa‘u equestrian tradition at the upcoming P‘au Workshop on Saturday, May 13 at Kona Historical Society. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., the event is tailored to participants of the upcoming King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade in Historic Kailua Village on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Kumu (teachers) of the pa‘u tradition will be on hand to demonstrate methods of wrapping the pa‘u skirt utilizing a single piece of fabric fastened at the waist with kukui nuts. Lei-making classes will also be held, along with equestrian protocol on horseback. [caption id="attachment_772" align="alignleft" width="640"] Senoe Sakata practices wrapping of the pa‘u[/caption]
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.
[caption id="attachment_788" align="alignleft" width="203"] Nathan Aweau will headline the 2015 Kamehameha Day Celebration Ho‘olaulea on Saturday, June 13 in Kailua-Kona[/caption] Nathan was born into a musical family, his grandparents could play various instruments as well as performing with a band, his mom a piano player and his father for many years taught music and was a choir director as well as a Polynesian music teacher at various high schools. Nathan’s early years consisted of piano lessons, learning the guitar and ukulele and having the natural ability to sing. From grades seven through twelve his main instrument was the saxophone. In college he performed in the jazz ensemble as a bass player and the wind symphony as a percussionist. By this time his passion for the electric bass made him decide…
[caption id="attachment_756" align="alignleft" width="300"] Pa'u Workshop held Saturday, April 25 2015 at Kona Historical Society[/caption] Parade participants learned about the pa‘u tradition at a workshop held on April 25, 2015 at Kona Historical Society. Kumu taught students the art of wrapping the pa‘u, as well as lei making, equestrian skills, parade protocol and more. A special mahalo to Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa for providing lunch. Mark your calendar for this year's parade, on Saturday, June 13, 2015 in Historic Kailua Village. Info: KonaParade.org [gallery size="medium" columns="3" ids="773,772,771,770,769,768"]