Preparations are underway for the annual King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade, to be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022 on Alii Drive in Historic Kailua Village. Entry registration is open to groups and individuals who want to be in the parade, including marching bands, floats, vehicles, hula halau and equestrian units. Volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are also sought. All equestrian participants must have basic horsemanship skills. All entries are subject to the approval of the parade committee. For entry guidelines or to download a registration application, visit www.konaparade.org. For further information, contact Barbara Nobriga at 322-9944.
Headliners for 2017 Ho‘olaule‘a at Hulihe‘e Palace: Singer-songwriter, Ali‘i Keanaaina, as well as the musical trio, Hoku Pa'a, featuring Tani U'ilani Waipa Kaneao. [caption id="attachment_1050" align="alignleft" width="600"] Singer-songwriter, Ali‘i Keanaaina will perform at the Ho‘olaule‘a after the parade.[/caption]
If you would like to participate in the upcoming King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade on Saturday, June 8, 2019, 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
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]