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King Kamehameha Floral Parade changes route this year

Pat Brandt Pat Brandt
Chasmin Sokoloski Chasmin Sokoloski
Iolani Palace Iolani Palace

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - This year's King Kamehameha Floral Parade route has changed directions. It's a reverse route, and will not go down Kalakaua Ave through Waikiki. Instead, the parade will start at Fort DeRussey and head down Ala Moana Boulevard on the makai side, and end at Iolani Palace on King Street.

It's the first time in 36 years the route will switch directions, and go back to its historical roots. Parade volunteers have been trying to get the word out so everyone knows where to hunker down and watch.

"The route has changes and fortunately we have had a lot of good press. There has been a lot of articles in the newspaper and public service announcements on the news so hopefully people will understand," said Pat Brandt, a parade volunteer.

A city spokesperson says the reason for the change, was a dispute over this years parade permit by the Kamehameha Celebration Commission. The route may go back through Waikiki again next year.

Organizers of the parade say it's business as usual, they've spent two days making the king's float and believe ending the parade at Iolani Palace brings it back home.

"When we go through Waikiki it's to cater to the tourists, but now that it's going back to Iolani Palace it is more for the community here in Honolulu," said Chasmin Sokoloski.

All of the the events and entertainment after the parade will take place at Iolani Palace, instead of Kapiolani Park.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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