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Waimea Christmas Parade seeking family photos


Waimea Preservation Association (WPA) will host an Open House, photo display and share stories of Waimea Christmas Parades over the years, stretching back to the first parade in 1960.

The open house and display will be shared with the community on Saturday, Dec. 1, the same day as the 52nd Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade.

The exhibit will be in WPA’s “home,” which is Waimea’s historic – restored — tax office at the “County corner” at the main intersection next to the Waimea Senior Center and Firehouse Gallery.

If you are willing to share photographs or written stories, contact Pete Hendricks (885-4453).

Photos and news clippings can be scanned and returned immediately.

Loaned material can also be put in the mail slot at the WPA front door. If you are leaving material, be sure and identify with your name and contact information, as well the date and info about the photos.

There also will be a volunteer at the WPA office 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Nov. 9.

WPA is a community based non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the character and history of Waimea and encouraging community awareness in the rich cultural heritage of this rural upcountry community on Hawaii Island.

Waimea’s annual twilight Christmas parade is the second oldest in the state and is famous for drawing families from all over the island to enjoy a magical Santa float and spectacular lighted brigade of trucks as well as dozens of lighted floats representing schools, churches, scouts, community organizations and businesses.

In recent years, the Waimea parade also has branched out to be sure everyone in the community is remembered during the holidays so now supports the month-long “Big Island Giving Tree” project.

The parade and “Giving Tree” project are coordinated by Waimea Community Association in partnership with dozens of dedicated volunteers and generous community partners.

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