Wahiawa Veterans Day Parade another APEC cancellation - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Wahiawa Veterans Day Parade another APEC cancellation

Henry Lee of the Wahiawa Lions Henry Lee of the Wahiawa Lions
city transportation services director Wayne Yoshioka city transportation services director Wayne Yoshioka
Brenda Reichel Brenda Reichel

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

WAHIAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Wahiawa Veterans Day parade has been a tradition for more than 60 years, with civilian and military units marching up California Avenue to honor those who serve, and those who gave their lives for their country.

But when the Wahiawa Lions Club applied last July for a permit to hold the parade, they ran into APEC.

"To begin with, we were pretty excited about 11/11/11," said Henry Lee of the Wahiawa Lions. "We were talking about it a long time ago. We said gee, that parade's gonna be great!"

The parade is always held on Veterans Day. But this year, organizers were told they wouldn't be able to hold it on the holiday because the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit would be happening at the same time.

"Our street user permits were saying no parades can happen because typically, all the parades will need special duty police to help conduct the parade down the roadway," said city transportation services director Wayne Yoshioka.

There won't be any police officers available for special duty on November 11.

"They're committed to APEC," said Lee. "Which is something we didn't realize it was going to be that big."

The city said it offered alternatives to the group.

"If they were to move the parade before November, or after APEC, Honolulu police would actually provide the police escort for free," Yoshioka said. "Normally, they would have to pay for the police service."

"We discussed it a little bit and decided, gee, it's just before Thanksgiving, and it's not going to be feasible, and so we decided to just can it for this year," Lee said.

The news that the parade has been cancelled isn't sitting well with some who have served or come from a military background.

"To have it displaced is one thing," said Brenda Reichel, owner of the Carats & Karats jewelry store. She served in the U.S. Army Reserve, and her father is a retired Army lieutenant colonel. "But to have it totally displaced the way it's been done is inappropriate and unacceptable to me, and definitely to the rest of my family that served in the military."

"I definitely sympathize and emphasize with these types of groups that are affected," said Tenari Ma'afala, president of SHOPO, the police officers union. "But again, this is an opportunity that we all gotta look at collectively, sacrifices that we all gotta make."

Lee, who was wounded in Vietnam, says he agrees.

"Veterans Day comes once a year," he said. "But APEC is something that comes once in a lifetime for Hawaii."

But Reichel disagrees.

"It's just a real slap in the face. It's a slap in the face to anyone who served."

Copyright 2011 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Lawyer: No apparent justification for fatal shooting of teen

    Lawyer: No apparent justification for fatal shooting of teen

    Thursday, June 21 2018 8:22 AM EDT2018-06-21 12:22:06 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 12:57 AM EDT2018-06-23 04:57:18 GMT
    (Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP). Leonard Hammonds II, of Penn Hills, right, points out that a Turtle Creek Police officer has his had on his weapon during a rally in East Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at a protest regardin...(Steve Mellon/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP). Leonard Hammonds II, of Penn Hills, right, points out that a Turtle Creek Police officer has his had on his weapon during a rally in East Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at a protest regardin...

    Hundreds of people took to the streets to protest the fatal police shooting of a 17-year-old boy killed just seconds after he fled a traffic stop during a confrontation partly captured on video.

    More >>

    Hundreds of people took to the streets to protest the fatal police shooting of a 17-year-old boy killed just seconds after he fled a traffic stop during a confrontation partly captured on video.

    More >>
  • High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

    High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

    Thursday, June 21 2018 10:32 AM EDT2018-06-21 14:32:03 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 12:53 AM EDT2018-06-23 04:53:43 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko, File). FILE - This April 23, 2018, file photo shows the Supreme Court in Washington.  The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were lo...(AP Photo/Jessica Gresko, File). FILE - This April 23, 2018, file photo shows the Supreme Court in Washington. The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax. The 5-4 ruling Thursday is a win for states, who said they were lo...

    The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

    More >>

    The Supreme Court says states can force online shoppers to pay sales tax.

    More >>
  • In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

    In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:21:21 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 12:45 AM EDT2018-06-23 04:45:14 GMT
    A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

    More >>

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly