A beautiful Pa’u princess waves to the crowd as she rides a horse in the Kona Kamehameha Day parade.
Pa’u riders spend hours and hours making lei for their horses and themselves. From collecting the flowers and leaves to preparing, weaving, and string the lei, the riders put a lot of love into the work. The end result is a gorgeous procession of decorated horses and riders for all to enjoy.
The rider herself also wears a traditional Pa’u dress–several yards of flowing, colorful fabric meant to protect clothing underneath.
A horse and rider parade through Waimea with a beautiful lei of Maui roses and a several-foot-long pa’u dress at the 38th annual Paniolo Parade. read more
An attendant to the princess of Moloka’i rides in the King Kamehameha Day parade in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii wearing a traditional pāʻū dress. read more
The small town of Hana, Maui is pictured here from a sugar plantation in an archive photo from around 1885. read more
Hawaiian cowboys, known as Paniolo, herd cattle into the bay at Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island and onto ships to be sent abroad in Kona’s early “westernized” era. read more
Horses casually much on grass as a rainbow arches across the sky above tree-rimmed Kawailoa Ranch in Oahu’s north shore town of Haleiwa. read more
Surrounded by steeply rising hillsides, a river stone wall, and a green garden, a horse and a mule graze on valley grasses. read more
Kamehameha Day, celebrated on June 11 each year, honors King Kamehameha the Great, unifier of the Hawaii islands. Each island celebrates in its own way, but all typically have an extravagant floral parade featuring royal pa’u… read more