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
Celebrated on June 11th each year, King Kamehameha Day is a public holiday honoring Kamehameha the Great. read more
The 10-day-long Kona Coffee Festival concludes with a street parade on Alii drive in downtown Kailua-Kona. Featured here is the HELCO (Hawaii Electric Light Company) train with engine, coal car, and caboose. read more
The Navy parade band marches down the street in the 2009 Hilo Veteran’s Day parade. read more
The Merrie Monarch Festival brings hula, parades, floats, arts and more to Hilo, Hawaii over Easter each year. The festival is in honor of King David Kalakaua, known as the “Merrie Monarch” for his love and support of the arts, and in particular, hula dancing. read more