The daughter-in-law of Senator Daniel Akaka, Anna Akaka, will lead the way as the 2013 Pa‘u Queen at the upcoming King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade in Historic Kailua Village on Saturday, June 15.
Anna was born and raised in Hilo. She has accepted the role of this year’s pa‘u queen as a way to honor the memory of her late mother, Valentina Lui-Kwan, who recently passed away at age 92. Anna is married to Danny Akaka, Jr., son of retired Senator Daniel Akaka (HI-D). Danny serves as director of cultural affairs for Mauna Lani Resort.
Retired Hawai‘i Senator Daniel Akaka will be the grand marshal of this year’s King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade, taking place Saturday, June 15 beginning at 9 a.m. in Historic Kailua Village.
Accompanied by members of his Hawai‘i Island family, the senator and his wife, Millie, will be traveling down Ali‘i Drive via horse-drawn carriage. The annual floral parade will feature decorated floats, hula halau, marching bands, mounted equestrian units, and the beautiful pa‘u princesses on horseback representing the eight major islands of the Hawaiian Island chain. Leading the pa‘u units will be this year’s parade pa‘u queen, Anna Akaka, the senator’s daughter-in-law. Anna is married to the senator’s son, Danny Akaka, Jr., who serves as director of cultural affairs for Mauna Lani Resort.
The parade travels down Ali‘i Drive beginning at Royal Kona Resort to the pier and up Palani Road to Kuakini Highway, ending at West Hawaii Today. A Ho‘olaulea (music and crafts festival) will take place throughout the day at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, highlighted by free concert beginning at 12 noon headlined by Hawaiian recording artist Nathan Aweau. Additional performers include the Ladies of Waiku‘i. For more information, visit konaparade.org.
After the King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade on Saturday, June 15, enjoy a FREE concert at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel featuring top Hawaiian recording artist, Nathan Kawai Aweau.
The only artist to earn three Hoku Hanohano “Male Vocalist of the Year” awards, Nathan has won Hoku awards for “Best Jazz Album” (Bass Etude), “Best Contemporary Hawaiian Album,” and “Song of the Year” (E Apo Mai). Additionally, he was a guest artist on two Grammy-nominated projects: 2009 Slack Key Kings Vol II, and Amy Hanaiali‘i’s Friends and Family, featuring one of his original songs performed as a duet. The founding member and principal vocalist for the musical supergroup Hapa for 8 years, Nathan also played bass for singer Don Ho for 16 years.
This year’s King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade takes place Saturday, June 15 at 9 a.m. in Historic Kailua Village. The parade travels down Ali‘i Drive beginning at Royal Kona Resort, to the pier and up Palani Road to Kuakini Highway, ending at West Hawaii Today. A Ho‘olaulea (music and crafts festival) will take place throughout the day at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel, highlighted by the free concert beginning at 12 noon. Additional performers include the Ladies of Waiku‘i and Temana Rose Tahitian School. For more information, visit konaparade.org.
A two-day Pa‘u Workshop will be held at Kona Historical Society on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Held in conjunction with the upcoming King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade on June 15, 2013 in Kailua-Kona, the workshop begins on Saturday with instruction in lei making for riders’ and horses’ lei, as well as the proper flowers and foliage used for each Hawaiian island. On Sunday, topics will include history of pa‘u, wrapping of the garment, equestrian skills and parade protocol. A panel of Hawaii Island kupuna will be on hand to share their knowledge and stories.
Open to the public, the workshop is designed for parade participants who will be riding in the traditional Hawaiian equestrian style known as “pa‘u,” which is characterized by long flowing skirts made of a single piece of fabric fastened at the waistline with kukui nuts. This year’s floral parade will feature eight pa‘u princesses’ equestrian units representing the major islands of Hawaii, as well as the Pa‘u Queen’s equestrian unit and Daughters of Hawaii unit.
The parade committee also seeks entrants in the categories of marching bands, floats, decorated vehicles, hula halau and mounted equestrian units. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also available.
This year’s King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade will feature a team of miniature horses from the Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawai‘i’s (THH) Kona Program. The two miniature horses, better known as Peaches and Calypso, have brought a whole new dimension to the Kona program.
Kona Program Director Nancy Bloomfield started the Big Island THH in 2005, which has grown to 38 student participants and 16 volunteers. A pediatric physical therapist herself, Nancy says the addition of the miniature horses has really benefitted the younger riders, who can easier learn to groom, lead and work with a smaller animal. The miniature horses are also being utilized as therapy animals in the community at large, visiting special education classes, the senior center, Arc of Kona, the Regency Special Care Unit and Kona Adult Day Center. Because of their size, they can easily be trailered to any destination, including to the weekly Continue reading
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