LAHAINA - Lahaina Restoration Foundation's board of directors will be honored as grand marshals in the 2014 Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa'u Parade, which takes place on Saturday, June 14, at 9:45 a.m.
LRF representatives will be riding on a float depicting the Baldwin Home Museum, Wo Hing Museum, Hale Pa'i, Old Lahaina Courthouse, Pioneer Mill Co. Smokestack and Lahaina Plantation Museum.
The Lahaina community is invited to greet them and all parade participants along the Front Street route that runs from Kenui to Shaw streets.
The parade will feature floats and elegant pa‘u riders on horseback.
The 2014 theme for the parade and ho'olaule'a is a perfect fit for LRF: "Na Kahu o Na Mea Makamae - Celebrating Our Museums."
LRF manages six museums and an outdoor exhibit in Lahaina. During the Kamehameha Day celebration on June 14, there will be no admission fees charged to the public; regular museum hours will apply.
"If you haven't had a chance to visit Baldwin Home Museum or Wo Hing Museum yet, stop by on Kamehameha Day and see them for free," said Theo Morrison, executive director of Lahaina Restoration Foundation.
"Our other museums open on Saturday, including Lahaina Heritage Museum, Hale Pa'ahao Prison and Pioneer Mill Smokestack and Locomotives, have no admission fees."
For more information about LRF museums and historic sites, call the office at 661-3262 or visit www.LahainaRestoration.org.
The Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa'u Parade & Ho'olaule'a Planning Committee invite the public to commemorate and celebrate our ali'i through the annual celebration.
The festivities kick off on Friday, June 13, at Lahaina's Second Friday Town Party from 5 to 8 p.m. at Campbell Park (in between the Baldwin Home Museum and Wharf Cinema Center).
Enjoy Hawaiian music by Hawaii Island's Sean Robbins and Maui's Leohone featuring Ikaika Blackburn, Pi'ilani Arias and Kamakoa Lindsey-Asing, as well as free keiki art activities and exhibits.
There will be ono food booths to support the Boys and Girls Club (teri chicken plate) and Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club (kalua pig bowl).
The celebration continues on Saturday, with the parade starting at 9:45 a.m. from Kenui Street down Front Street to Shaw Street.
The ho'olaule'a will include exhibits, keiki art activities, a pa'u awards presentation at 1 p.m., food booths supporting community non-profits, Maui made crafters and local entertainment.
Free festivities are scheduled to last until sunset at two venues this year: Keawaiki (Banyan Tree Park) and Kamehameha Iki Park (Old Armory Park next to 505 Front Street).
At Keawaiki from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the ho'olaule'a will feature Maui Made Arts & Crafts, local food favorites to support Maui non-profits, lei making, the chance to meet the pa'u princesses and riders, cultural exhibits, keiki art activities and entertainment by Sean Robbins, Huewa, Halau Kealakahinano'opuna, Lahaina-Honolua Senior Citizens and Kulewa.
At Kamehameha Iki (Old Armory) Park from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a farmers' market, Maui made arts and crafts, local food to support non-profits, music by local artists and tours by Hui O Wa'a Kaulua and Friends of Moku'ula.
A community tradition, the parade showcases the art of pa'u (a visual demonstration of Hawaiian equestrian styling) and gathers Maui County organizations and the community to honor the Kamehameha lineage.
Parade commentary stations will be located at Longhi's, Kimo's, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Lahaina Pizza Co., The Wharf Cinema Center and entertainment stage at Kamehameha Iki Park.
Front Street will be closed to traffic starting at Kenui Street at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m., all subsequent cross-streets will be closed (Baker, Papalaua, Dickenson and Prison streets, and Lahainaluna Road). Maui Police Department and community volunteers will be posted at each intersection to regulate the road closure.
Planning co-chairs for this year's event are Daryl Fujiwara of Smythe Fujiwara Design, the Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club and Pa'u Chair Kalani Kapu.
For more information on the parade and ho'olaule'a, call (808) 264-8779.