Hawaii Kai March Kicks Off Nov. 27

Rasa Fournier
Wednesday - November 17, 2010
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Enjoying the 2009 parade from a festive flatbed truck are the Livable Hawaii Kai Hui folks. The group will again welcome help (and donations) at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 26 near R&S Nii Nursery in Kamiloiki Valley where it will create its 2010 entry for the community parade. RSVP to 864-8081. Photo from the Hawaii Kai Lions Club.

Hawaii Kai is ringing in the season with its 41st annual holiday parade at 10 a.m. Nov. 27.

The 1,000 marchers and 35 decorated vehicles and floats will set out on Lunalilo Home Road from Kamiloiki Community Park to Koko Marina Center for additional activities and entertainment. For march details, call 395-4012.

The parade, which demands a good six months of preparation from the Hawaii Kai Lions Club, will have Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha as grand marshal this year, and joining the fun will be the community’s own newly elected Mayor Peter Carlisle.

“We’ve got everybody,” said chairman Ken Nishibun of the Lions club. “We’ve got the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, kids from the preschools, the dog park people. We’ve got all of the pageant queens in convertibles, the Royal Hawaiian Band, Kaiser High band, McKinley High band and Celtic bands, plus the Gadsden High School band from Alabama.”

The list of royalty includes Miss East Oahu 2011 Lauren Cheape, Miss Kahala 2011 Brittni Woodward and Mrs. Hawaii 2010 Alicia Michioka. Supporting the Lions on the march will be Kaiser High’s Leo Club, and the Kaimuki and Koko Head Lions clubs.

The parade sets off, rain or shine, complete with the city fire truck, plenty of candy and Santa Claus himself.

Around 11 a.m. Koko Marina will greet the procession with a Christmas carnival, following Santa’s grand entrance via speedboat. He will visit the keiki and pose with them for photos.

Also in store are a keiki hula show, face painting, Stevo the Clown, cotton candy and children’s rides, which are free to those who bring an unwrapped toy or monetary gift for Toys for Tots.

“The toys and gifts will be distributed to many boys and girls who might not otherwise enjoy a gift this Christmas,” added Nishibun.

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