Early in the morning people get down to Kalakaua Ave. with their chairs & blankets to reserve a spot for viewing the parade.  After gazing down the road for quite some time, someone sees the runner in bare feet, blowing the conch shell to signal the beginning of the procession...............

Here are some images of the Kamehameha Day Parade that takes place every year in June honoring King Kamehameha the Great and featuring high school marching bands, gorgeous floral floats and Pa'u Riders on horseback.  The Hawaiian music of local entertainers fills the air as the floats pass by and the men, women and horses wear brightly colored lei in the color of the island they are representing (pink, red, grey, green, orange, purple, etc.)  It is a sight to behold!

There's another Hawaiian Parade in the fall for Aloha Week featuring the same types of floats and music, but on a larger scale.  Prizes are given in different catagories and once again the colors are fantastic. 

There are many activities over a week long celebration and one of the best loved by all the locals is the Ho'olaulea where they close the street down to traffic for about 16 blocks and set up stages for musicians and hula halau to perform here and there (about 8 in all) with all kine food booths to sample da many tastes of da can order your "plate" and take it down to the beach to escape the crowd, while watching the moonlight fall upon the water.  Then back to the music and wonderful's just one BIG pa'ina (party).  The street is totally packed and a great time is had by all!
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some locals enjoying the parade
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