2017 Nā Kamehameha Pā‘ū Parade and Ho‘olaule‘a
The 2017 Nā Kamehameha Commemorative Pā‘ū Parade and Ho‘olaule‘a takes place on June 17-18, in West Maui. The event will commemorate and celebrate the Kamehameha lineage through the State Commission theme: “Hoʻoilina Pūlama Nā Mamo” – “Passing the Torch.”
On Saturday, June 17 the parade will commence at 9:45 a.m. from Kenui Street, down Front Street to Shaw Street. There will be six parade commentary stations along the route (that include Longhi‘s, Kimo‘s, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Lahaina Pizza Co., The Wharf Cinema Center, and the Entertainment Stage at Kamehameha Iki Park).
During this year’s event, the Girl Scouts of Hawaiʻi celebrates 100 years, and the Nāpili Kai Foundation celebrates 50 years. Organizers will officially welcome home the return of Hōkūleʻa from its worldwide voyage, which concludes later this summer.
The 2017 Grand Parade Marshal is ‘ohana Kaina of Lahaina who, for years, have shared their torch of light with the people of Hawaiʻi and the visitor alike.
The hoʻolauleʻa under the Lahaina Banyan Tree will include exhibits, keiki art activities, a parade and pā‘ū awards presentation, food booths supporting community non-profits, Maui made crafts, music and hula. The festivities are scheduled to last until 5 p.m. and continue the next day, Sunday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Keawaiki (Banyan Tree Park) Highlights:
- 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: FREE to the public Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18
- Hawaiian Music and Hula
- Pā‘ū Awards Ceremony 1:45 p.m.
- Maui Made Arts & Crafts
- Mea‘ai: Delicious Local Favorites to support local non-profits
- Lei Making
- Meet and greet the pā‘ū princesses and riders
- Cultural Exhibits
- Keiki Art Activities
Parade organizers are seeking commercial and non-commercial (non-profit) floats, decorated vehicles, marching and walking units. For more info and applications, email [email protected]
Road Closure Notice:
Front Street will be closed to traffic starting at Kenui Street at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017. At 9 a.m., all subsequent cross-streets will be closed, including Baker St., Papalaua St., Lahainaluna Rd., Dickenson St., and Prison St. The Maui Police Department and community volunteers will be posted at each intersection to regulate the road closure.
Planning Co-Chairs for this year’s event are Daryl Fujiwara of Smythe Fujiwara Design, the Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club and Pā‘ū Co-Chairs Donna Otsuka and Gena Lay Rickard. Melissa Sowers – Po‘o Roving Marshal and Moani Whittle-Wagner Pā‘ū Coordinator. Partners for this year’s event include: the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, County of Maui, Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club, Smythe Fujiwara Design, Tri-Isle RC&D Council, Inc. and Lahaina Town Action Committee.