HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thousands paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at an annual parade in Waikiki Monday.
The parade started at Magic Island and ended at Kapiolani Park. There were hundreds of marchers, along with floats and marching bands, and an underlying call for unity in the face of diversity.
“I think that important message resonated today to celebrate his life and legacy (and) how we, although different, perspectives can come together and celebrate what he stood for,” Alphonso Braggs, President of the Honolulu-Hawaii NAACP said.
The parade ended with a Unity Rally at the Kapiolani Bandstand.
Back in 1959, King spoke to Hawaii’s first state legislature. Then in Feb. 1964, Dr. King Jr. paid a visit to the islands.
He spoke at the University of Hawaii at Manoa during Civil Rights Week to a crowd of about 10,000 people at the Andrews Amphitheater.
His speech was titled “Progress Toward Desegregation.”
And in the third and historic Selma-to-Montgomery march in 1965, King and his supporters were photographed wearing lei, which were gifts from the beloved Reverend Abraham Akaka.