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King Kamehameha Day Parade (June 16)


King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade on Saturday, June 16

* 9-11 a.m.
Parade along Alii Drive

* Noon
Hoolaulea and free concert with Cyril Pahinui at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel

The King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade in Kailua-Kona will feature more than 120 riders on horseback, plus marching units, decorated vehicles, floats, marching bands and the regal pa‘u riders on horseback representing the eight Hawaiian Islands.

Rancher DeeDee Bertelmann is this year’s parade queen, riding in a mounted unit with her ohana from Puuanahulu.

Waimea cowboy Liebert Lindsey will be grand marshal, accompanied by the legendary Hapalakas musical group on horseback, playing guitars and singing their famous songs like “Hawaiian Cowboy.”

Also riding in her own unit will be statewide wahine rodeo champion and 2012-13 Miss Rodeo Hawaii, Macy Loando, of Kona.

The Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii’s Kona Program will feature a team of miniature horses in the parade.

Additional entrants include a horse-drawn carriage made of koa and ohia; Daughters of Hawaii equestrian unit; hula halau and more.

After the parade, Grammy Award-winning artist Cyril Pahinui will perform live in a free concert at Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel beginning at noon. Also featured will be Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winner Darlene Ahuna, and the Big Island’s own Honoka‘a Jazz Band.

The concert and hooulaulea will include a Hawaiian arts and crafts festival, historic photo displays, and awards presentations for parade participants.

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