Thursday, June 15, 2017
The picture to the left is of the Royal Guards, a group who guarded the Kings originally. Now they are strictly ceremonial and they come out to perform at various functions.
They have a long and wonderful history.
You will find many Hawaiians are still bitter about the way the United States took position of the islands. I'll go into the history another day. I grew up in Hawaii and it was something we all knew about.
This parade follows a route which includes Kalakaua street named after King David Kalakaua who encouraged dance and music.
I stood next to a gentleman who moved to Hawaii from Germany. He knew several people on the float who are his neighbors. He'd wave at them, yell a hello.
If you've ever been to Waikiki, on Kalakaua street, I stood across the street from the big Banyon tree by the Kahio hula mound. The hula mound is regularly used by various hula schools around the island. During the Pan Pacific festival, it is one of the stages for the performances of hula.
This band is one of the local navy bands who added music to the joyful celebration. I believe they play the Washington Post March by Sousa was they passed by me. Side note: they keep all the coconut trees trimmed of fruit so no one gets hurt other wise they might sue the government.
There was at least one local high school marching band and at least one visiting high school marching band.
The current boat is due in sometime this week after traveling for 3 years around the Pacific. They are expecting over 50,000 people to meet it when it finally arrives back in Hawaii. If I had known about this before I booked my trip, I'm not sure I would have changed my plans.
I am going to try to find it online where I should get a better view but I know people who plan to be there. It is quite a accomplishment to sail the Pacific using ancient methods.
The women wear a fitted top with an extremely long skirt designed to cover their saddles, legs while looking quite feminine.
The men wear jeans, boots, and checkered shirts, typical of ranch hands. The hats are not the typical cowboy hats instead they are woven out of a local leaf.
I don't know how long it takes the women to get ready but I'm betting their hair is professionally done because its so beautifully done and so precise, they cannot do it themselves.
You can see how well the long skirt covers the rider and the actual saddle. I love looking at all the decorations.
I love this particular group because they dressed up as bakers complete with oven and add for brownies. This group had a bit more humor than others.
Most groups wear tshirts announcing which island they represent. I saw a couple families with children as part of the cleanup crews. This is a traditional part of the parade. At the very end of the parade several street sweepers roll down the street cleaning anything these groups miss.
It wasn't too much longer after this group, the parade ended. I did did not get a good shot of the Indianapolis Police who performed wonderful things on their motorcycles. The most impressive trick was the two men who stood on their vehicles as they rode towards each other.
The very next day the Pan Pacific Parade happened. It showcased so many different groups from various Japanese tourist agencies, to the Hawaii Okinawan society, to the Hawaiian Koren Farmers Musical Club to the visiting music groups. It was awesome.
This is one of the Chinese dragons who play a key part in Hawaiian life. I remember Chinese New Year celebrations with lots of dragons. There is always a drum corp accompanying the dragons.
You'll see a few more dragons a bit later on. Every dragon in the parade had one person holding the head while another moves the back end. Men change out on a regular basis.
It was almost jarring after hearing oriental music but it was still a nice touch. For most of the bands, parents ran through with bottles of water every time they stopped. I think it was a but warmer and more humid than they were used to.
I hate to use the word but these guys are cute. I adore seeing them prance down the road. The children had a blast when they came bye.
The parade included teenage and twenties dance groups who perform a nontraditional dance. It was fun watching a young man who used his body to control the sliding of a ball. It was spectacular.
One group combined two sticks with a hip hop type dance. It reminded me of an updated version of a dance I learned as a teenager.
I believe this had the largest number of participants in their group. As far as I know, they participate every year. The U-haul truck in the background is tearing there to pick up the equipment from the festival. The parade is the last event in the festival.
They burst into the song from Annie about not being fully dressed without a smile. Based on the name of the group, I suspect they are based in Japan. Certain types of entertainment are more popular over there.
The younger ones stole the show especially the first one behind the banner carrier. She has one of those personalities where she did just a bit more than the rest, kicked a bit higher.
Their music took you away from Hawaii to the Caribbean. The musicians definitely enjoyed themselves as they bounced along the parade route.
I checked the internet. This group began back in 1996. The band uses only 4 traditional instruments, each representing a sound of nature.
I hope you enjoyed the descriptions and pictures of both parades. I actually took like 200 for each parade because I enjoy looking at each one and remembering, especially during winter when its cold and snowy outside.
I hope you enjoyed this. Please let me know what you think. Tomorrow, the last installment. I'll be home by the time you read this. Next trip is the beginning of July with photos from Phoenix and Puerto Rico.