HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Pâʻû riders are a mainstay tradition for most if not all parades here in Hawaiʻi. Amy Kalili checks in with pâʻû riders preparing for tomorrowʻs big Kamehameha Day Parade here in Honolulu.
A lot of people don't understand, they see us in these beautiful kîpola and flowers and they think we just put that on that day, but it's actually a whole week-long process.
Briarlyn Campbell McFarland
Princess, Niʻihau Pâʻû Unit
Kuhi ka poʻe, mâkaukau wikiwiki kçia akâ, he hana nui ka hoʻomâkaukau ʻana.
No nâ lei no nâ lio, pono nâ hola hana he nui me nâ lima kôkua kekahi i mea e paʻa pono ai.
The lei's alone take hours and many hands to make.
Each horse lei has 200 bundles in it made up of maybe 10-12 flowers each and we have 20 lei to make. So that's 4,000 bundles.
He 200 pûʻulu o ka 10 a 12 pua ma kçlâ me kçia lei. A he 4,000 pûʻulu no 20 lei.
A ʻo nâ lei kçia no nâ lio wale nô. Nui hou aku koe.
That's just the lei for the horses.
We work on body leis, we work on hair pieces.
Alakaʻi Haku Lei, Pâʻû Riders
We have the costumes that have to be sewn by the aunties and the grandmas.
Loaʻa ka lole e humuhumu ʻia e nâ ʻanakç a tûtû.
He mea kûikawâ nô ka ʻâkoakoa nui ʻana o ka poʻe no ka hana lei ʻana me kçia.
A sight like this with this many people helping make lei is rare.
Normally you would see one pâʻû unit working on it's own. Behind us we have four units working together, which is really what pâʻû is all about working together.
ʻO ka maʻamau, hana kaʻawale kçlâ me kçia hui pâʻû i kâ lâkou mau lei ponoʻî.
I'd like to see the Hawaiian people working together more often.
Maikaʻi ka ʻike i ka laulima me kçia.
Nui ka pîhoihoi o kçia mau mea hololio i ke kâkoʻo a kôkua i ka holo pono o kçia paikau i ka lâ ʻapôpô ma nâ ʻano a pau e pono ai.
Everyone is excited and ready to do their part in the parade.
ʻO koʻu kuleana ma ka paikau i kçia hopenapule ʻo ia ke kanaka hoʻomaʻemaʻe i ke kiʻo.
Pooper Scooper, Kauaʻi Pâʻû Unit
My job is to clean up the horse poop.
A mâkaukau ʻo Joshua no ka ʻauamo piha i kona kuleana.
Joshua isn't reluctant to do his part.
Pîhoihoi wau no ka mea hiki iâ mâkou ke hoʻolauleʻa iâ Kamehameha no ka mea o kçlâ ko mâkou aliʻi.
It's an honor to be a part of celebrating our aliʻi Kamehameha.
A e loaʻa ana nô he hui pâʻû e kû ʻelele ana no nâ mokupuni a pau, ʻoiai ʻo ka hoʻolauleʻa kçia e hoʻomanaʻo ʻia ai ko Kamehameha nui hoʻohui ʻana i nâ mokupuni a pau ma lalo ona.aaq21
All islands will be present in this yearʻs parade, given the significance of the 200th anniversary of the unification.
I'm very happy to say we have all eight islands represented, which has not happened for many years. So it's really bringing some life back to the parade.
Hauʻoli i ka loaʻa o nâ ʻelele no nâ mokupuni a pau. Ke ola nei nô.
Hoʻomaka ka paikau ma ka hola 9 o ke kakahiaka a holo mai Fort Derussy a i ka Hale Aliʻi o ʻIolani.
The parade starts at 9:00 a.m. at Fort Derussy and ends at ʻIolani Palace.
ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now.