HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Prince Kuhio Commemorative Parade will be held Saturday in Waikiki starting at 10 a.m. at Saratoga Road, running and along Kalakaua Avenue and ending at Kapiolani Park at noon.
The Prince Kuhio Hoolaulea/Hoikeike will be held at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The parade honors the accomplishments of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, founder of the Hawaiian Civic Club movement and proponent of the Hawaiian Homestead Act of 1920.
Grand marshals this year are Roy Benham and Bert Barber. These kupuna are respected cultural practitioners who have dedicated their lives to advocating for the betterment of Native Hawaiians.
A unique parade, it honors the dedication and commitment of a multitude of individuals and organizations who work year-round to practice and to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture and who enhance the welfare and well-being of the Native Hawaiian community.
Malihini and kamaaina, alike, learn about the work of the Royal Societies, the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands; Hawaiian Homestead Associations; the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Alu Like, Inc., the Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center, and numerous community organizations, halau hula, and marching units.
Each year members of the Royal Societies (Royal Order of Kamehameha, Kaahumanu Society, Hale O Na Alii, and Mamakakaua) also participate.
Rare Hawaiian flags of the Hawaiian Kingdom are featured.
The events are sponsored by the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, as well as Kamehameha Schools and the Dept of Hawaiian Home Lands.
The Hoolaulea/Hoikeike at Kapiolani Park features native Hawaiian arts and crafts, exhibits by various Native Hawaiian organizations and businesses and wonderful food.
The features with entertainment by many Hawaiian musicians.