Posted by Wendy Osher
This year’s Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa’u Parade & Ho’olaulea each year honors the Kamehameha rulers of Hawaii. This year, the event helped to mark 200 years of unification after Kamehameha the Great brought most of the major Hawaiian Islands under one rule.
Part 1 of the parade features the Pu Blowers, Hale O Na Ali’i, the Royal Court and Grand Marshall.
The 2010 Grand Marshall was Jerrymeyer Lono of Hana, Maui, born April 20th 1942. He is the son of Francis Kekaha and Margaret Pila Lono and the third oldest of 13 children. Lono was raised in Honokalani, Ulaino, Honoma’ele, Hamoa and Hana. He is married to Veronica Leimomi “Tita” Sinenci and they have two children and seven grandchildren. Lono retired from both the Maui County Water Department and the Hotel Hana Maui and enjoys spending quality time with his large ‘ohana. He is passing what he learned from his kupuna on to his grandsons who keep him happy and busy. Jerry as he is known to his friends, is a humble giant who has a generous and kind heart and breathes the spirit of aloha into his daily walk. His community work includes security volunteer for most of the special events in Hana including Aloha Week, Taro Fest, baby lu’aus and ‘ohana celebrations.
The Royal Court this year featured members of the Ho’opai and Olivera ‘ohanas, also of East Maui. This year’s Mo’i Kane, Frank James Maui Olivera, is a descendant of King Kamehameha. (6th Great-grandson of Kalani pai’ea Wohi O Kalekini Keali’ikui Kamehameha O ‘Iolani I Kaiwikapu Kaui Ka Liholiho Kunuiakea) He is the son of Ella Maui Hoopai and Frank Olivera, and a 1976 graduate of Kamehameha School. He was born and raised in Hana, but left to get a better education, and has since returned to Hana to live in the footsteps of his ancestors.
The 2010 Mo’i Wahine was Martha Luukia Ho’opai, the daughter of Solomon Kahalewai Ho’opai Sr. and Beatrice Kalunu Uaiwa Piilani Pila. She was born September 24, 155 in Hana, Maui, and is a 1973 graduate of Hana School.
Ka ‘Ohana Ho’opai of Hana Maui, made up the rest of the 2010 Royal Court and graced a float decorated by the Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club.
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