Only in the state of Hawai‘i, do we have the privilege to honor Kamehameha the Great by declaring a holiday on June 11th as King Kamehameha Day. Celebrations are held throughout the various Hawaiian islands displaying the Hawaiian culture, and the most anticipated of them all is a parade.
Partners in Development Foundation was represented at the Kaua‘i King Kamehameha Day parade on June 14th along with other organizations that have a connection to Hawaiian culture. The Parade started at Vidinha Stadium and they marched right up the main street in Lihue, Rice Street. It ended at the Historic County Building with entertainment, food, and fun.
The children at Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center were a big help in prepping the native flower arrangements beforehand and making ti leaf lei for the skirt of our float. Their decorations were not the only way they presented their Hawaiian culture but also through Hawaiian music and song while waving to the crowd.
Hundreds of spectators came out to appreciate beautifully decorated floral floats, school marching bands, and hula performers. Sone of the organizations that were there: ALU Like, ALU Like’s Kupuna program, the Hawaiian Agencies and Organizations group, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kauai Community College, Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School, Kapa’a Middle School Ukelele Band and ROTC, Hawaiian Civic Clubs, several hula halau, and many more.
We all want to thank Malie Foundation for making the Kaua’i King Kamehameha Parade possible and giving Hawaiian cultural organizations an opportunity to come together to share aloha to the community.