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Prince Kuhio Commemorative Parade Celebrates 10 Years in Waikiki

Ho‘olaule‘a/Ho‘ike‘ike Festival at Kapi‘olani Park Features Cultural Demonstrations, Food, and Live Entertainment on Saturday, March 26Parade Statue

March 26, 2011
Prince Kūhiō Commemorative Parade, Saratoga/Kalākaua to Kapi‘olani Park
10:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Prince Kūhiō Ho‘olaule‘a/Ho‘ike‘ike, Kapi‘olani Park Bandstand
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Celebrating 10 years in Waikīkī, the Prince Kūhiō Commemorative Parade honors the accomplishments of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana`ole, founder of the Hawaiian Civic Club movement and proponent of the Hawaiian Homestead Act of 1920. Since the early 1970s, civic clubs held parades in Nānākuli, Kailua and Hawai‘i Kai. Waikīkī parades began 2002.

The parade honors the dedication and commitment of a multitude of individuals and organizations who work year-round to practice and to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and who enhance the welfare and well-being of the Native Hawaiian community.

For the first time this year, the parade will be held at 10 a.m. for attendees to take advantage of a beautiful day of festivities.

This year’s theme, “Ko Kēia Ao, Ko Kēlā Ao” meaning “For This Generation and Future Generations”, will showcase the intergenerational progression of the Hawaiian language and culture from the past to the future. This year, the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs requested that members bring their keiki (youth), makua (adults) and kupuna (elders) to represent their clubs and organizations.

An exciting addition this year will be the involvement of the statewide effort of Hawaiian Language Immersion Programs. Participation will include treasured Mānaleo, the elder and native speakers of Hawaiian language; ‘Anuenue High School Hawaiian Immersion Students and Championship Football Team; and a 100+ member unit made up of students, parents and teachers from the ‘Aha Pūnana Leo of O‘ahu Preschools (Hawaiian Language Nests).

Returning parade participants include representatives from the Royal Societies (Royal Order of Kamehameha, Hale O Na Ali‘i, ‘Ahahui Kaahumanu and Mamakakaua); the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Department of Hawaiian Homelands; the Queen Liliu‘okalani Children’s Center; and participation from 100 percent of the Hawaiian Civic Clubs of O‘ahu. This year will prove to be a banner year for the 10th Anniversary of the Prince Kūhiō Festivities.

Parade Grand Marshals this year are Roy Benham and Bert Barber, who are respected cultural practitioners who have dedicated their lives to advocating for the betterment of Native Hawaiians.

New community organizations, hālau hula, and equestrian units will also participate for the first time this year. Rare Hawaiian flags of the Hawaiian Kingdom will be featured. For more information, contact Shari Gamiao at sharigamiao@yahoo.com or (808) 688-8949.

The Ho‘olaule‘a/Ho‘ike‘ike at Kapi‘olani Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will feature native Hawaiian arts and crafts; exhibits by various Native Hawaiian organizations and businesses; food booths; and a line-up of entertainment by Hawaiian musicians.

Entertainment Schedule

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Leimomi Maldonado and Ka Hale I O Kahala Hālau Hula

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Kawika Trask Trio

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Vicky Holt Takamine and Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Ainsley Halemanu and Hālau Ka Liko O Ka Palai

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Nānākuli Performing Arts

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Ulu Beirne-Keawe at ululani2006@hawaiiantel.net or (808) 237-8856 or Mel Cup Coy at kilakila66@hawaii.rr.com or (808) 728-4406.


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