41st Annual Waimea Paniolo Day Parade 2016

Kuha'o Kawaauhau , Reporter

The 41st annual Waimea Paniolo Day Parade was held at Waimea Park on the Big Island of Hawaii on Saturday morning, September 17. Paniolo took to the streets, which began at church row, winding down by the Waimea Baseball Park accompanied by the sights and sounds of the Pa’u units representing the different islands throughout Hawaii. Known as the celebration of 30 Days of Aloha, this celebration was to carry out the legacy of the Aloha Festival with rich and cultural events.

Locals, tourists and all spectators were gathered to watch the decorated Pa’u units ride their horses through town. Festivities continued until 4:00 P.M. with Hoolaulea which includes arts, crafts, and live entertainments. Mamalahoa Highway was closed off from 9:30 A.M. until 11:30 at the closing of the Parade. A formal welcome which started at 10:00 A.M. began with the arrival of the king and queen, accompanied by the conch shell blowers, chanter, and the Kahili Bearers that followed the procession as the parade commenced.