Maunalua To Lead Hawaii Kai Marchers
The Keiki Kalikimaka Hawaii Kai Holiday Parade should get residents into the spirit of the season at 10 a.m. Nov. 28 as it begins its 1.5-mile march down Lunalilo Home Road from Kamilo Iki Community Park to Koko Marina Center.
Bobby Moderow Jr., Kahi Kaonohi and Richard Gideon of Maunalua are grand marshals of this year’s parade, sponsored by Hawaii Kai Lions Club and expected to attract more than 1,000 marchers and 30 vehicles, plus beauty pageant queens, classic cars, community groups, churches, schools, Honolulu firefighters and equipment, decorated floats and three bands: Buena High School from Arizona, Avant Garde Drum & Flag Corp from Calgary, Alberta, ant the Royal Hawaiian Band.
The U.S. Marine Corps and Toys for Tots return for the event, collecting donations of new unwrapped toys along the route as well as at Koko Marina Center. Santa Claus will be in the march and at the carnival to follow.
The Christmas carnival runs from 11 a.m.
Santa arrives at 11: 30 a.m. via speed boat from Hawaii Motor Sports Center. Children can have their photo taken with the big man for free, and families can check out the Lokahi Tree by Bank of Hawaii, which is hung with wish lists from the needy.
For more information on the parade, call 395-4012. For details on the carnival, call 395-4737.
Recognizing Hawaiian Electric Company engineer Alan Ing (center) for his many years of service to McKinley High School’s robotics team, the students named one of their robots ‘Ingbot’ after him. A Kaiser High School alumnus, Ing has worked with team Kika Mana since 1999 and has inspired many teens to pursue engineering in college. He also was nominated by the students as mentor of the year. The robotics team includes (from left) Qi Hua Chen, Wendy Wu, Osa Tui Ing (administrator), Elaine Owens (mentor) and Sam Hu. The Tigers recently competed in the East Oahu VEX Tournament at Iolani School. Photo from Sharon Higa of HECO.