|Statue of Kamehameha 1.|
Today, they celebrate his uniting the islands into one kingdom every June with a day and a parade. I am usually visiting Hawaii when the parade happens. The parade is much like most parades with a band, cheerleaders, and floats but they also have several groups of horseback riders representing each island.
In addition, each island is represented by a specific color such as the Big Island is always in red. The horses are decorated in floral arrangements just as their riders have flowers in the hair or on the hats.
Kamehameha took control in 1810 and his decedents ruled until 1893 when Queen Liliuokalani was forced to abdicate so it became a United States territory. Now to the parade.
Representative of King Kamehameha - A descendant of the royal line honoring the family and the king.
|Royal Hawaiian Band|
|Queen of the Parade|
|Pooper Scooper Pickup|
|Court of Princess|
|Pooper Scooper Patrol|
|Maui Horse Clean-up|
|Court of Princes|
|Chinese contingent with dragon|
This group, identified theirs as what it really is.
I didn't bother putting up pictures of the various winners of beauty pageants because there were like 12 of them ranging from Miss Preteen Hawaii to Miss Bikini, to Miss Asian something. I don't think I've ever seen a parade with as many beauty pageant winners as I have here.
In addition, every group representing Native Hawaiians had someone in the parade. Some of the groups included Daughters of Hawaii, Sons and Daughters of Hawaiian Warriors, and others.
Tomorrow I'll have pictures of the Pan Pacific Parade.