Hawaii Kai Pa­rade Set Nov. 30

MidWeek Islander (East Oahu) - - EAST OAHU ISLANDER / NOVEMBER 20, 2013 / PAGE 3 - By CAROL CHANG

The Hawaii Kai Hol­i­day Pa­rade be­gins at 10 a.m. Nov. 30 when an es­ti­mated 1,300 par­tic­i­pants and 40 dec­o­rated ve­hi­cles will move down Lu­nalilo Home Road f r om Kamiloiki Com­mu­nity Park to Koko Ma­rina Cen­ter, which cospon­sors the an­nual march with the Hawaii Kai Lions.

“The joy that this pa­rade brings to the com­mu­nity is the very rea­son why our club and Koko Ma­rina Cen­ter take the time, money and ef­fort to put on this pa­rade,” said Lion Ken Nishi­bun, pa­rade co­or­di­na­tor. “That is why this pa­rade has be­come such an an­tic­i­pated and cher­ished com­mu­nity tra­di­tion, rain or shine, since 1969.”

Mayor Kirk Caldwell is grand mar­shal — with backup from the Kaiser High, Royal Hawai­ian, Celtic Pipes & Drums and McKin­ley High bands. Chi­nese lion dancers, law­mak­ers, fire­fight­ers, scout troops, dogs, clas­sic cars, schools, churches, beauty queens and many more will travel the 1.5-mile stretch, and elves (dis­guised as Lions and Leo Club mem­bers) will toss candy to the crowds.

More fes­tiv­i­ties await at 11 a.m. at Koko Ma­rina, em­ceed by KRTR ra­dio’s Wayne Maria, with a keiki hula show, face paint­ing, bal­loon art and free keiki car­ni­val rides. Pa­rade fans are i nvi t e d to bring un­wrapped toys for Toys for Tots, ei­ther to the pa­rade or to Koko Ma­rina Cen­ter (and en­joy the ac­tiv­i­ties for free).

Sant a Cl a u s a l ways brings up the tail end of the pa­rade and will make a per­sonal en­trance via speed­boat to greet keiki and sit for pho­tos at the shop­ping cen­ter (around 11:30 a.m).

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Nishi­bun at 754-6605.

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