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Parade commemorates and celebrates Hawaii’s ali‘i

June 16, 2016
Lahaina News

LAHAINA - The Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa'u Parade & Ho'olaule'a Planning Committee invites the Maui community to commemorate and celebrate our ali'i.

This year, the Maui event will join in on Oahu's 100-year anniversary, honoring Kamehameha through the theme "Ka Puni 'Ana O Ka Haneli Makahiki."

The committee announced that it is bringing the entry judging back for the parade, which will take place on Saturday, June 18, at 9:45 a.m. on Front Street.

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Set for Saturday, June 18, at 9:45 a.m. on Front Street, the Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa‘u Parade features elegant pa‘u riders and colorful floats.

The parade will start from Kenui Street and proceed south toward Shaw Street. The ho'olaule'a will open at 9 a.m. at Keawaiki (Banyan Tree Park); festivities will include exhibits, pa'u awards presentation, food booths by non-profits, Maui made crafters and local entertainment.

On Sunday, the festivities will continue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

One of the planning committee's goals is to build and gather community.

"It is through this parade and ho'olaule'a that we create a venue to not only honor our ali'i but to educate as well. By doing this, we keep all that they have done for us alive," noted committee Chair Daryl Fujiwara.

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