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Holiday parade, Wahine volleyball traffic cross paths in Moiliili

Community residents march in the Moiliili Christmas Parade. Community residents march in the Moiliili Christmas Parade.
Traffic in the area backed up. Traffic in the area backed up.
City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi
Dane Carlson Dane Carlson
Tia Inouye Tia Inouye

By Ben Gutierrez - bio | email

MOILIILI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Picture yourself at the corner of University Avenue and South King Street. On one side of King Street, you can see the Moiliili Christmas Parade. On the other side, headed in the other direction, are cars and other vehicles, many of them with fans of the University of Hawaii Wahine volleyball team, trying to get to the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Christmas parade is held in Moiliili the second Friday of December every year, according to City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi. And people trying to make that left turn from King Street mauka onto University Avenue had to wait for it to pass.

"Tonight is also that sold out volleyball game at UH, so the traffic is awful," Kobayashi said. "But you know, when you think about it, these community parades are just once a year. I mean the 20,000 people who live in Waikiki go through this every month."

Kobayashi was one of the sponsors of a 2007 law that now limits the number of parades that go through Waikiki, to about ten per month. That's far more than the parades that go through, say, a community like Moiliili.

"(Saturday) night, it's Manoa. A week ago it was Kaimuki. So you know, we all have our little community parades, and it's just once a year," said Kobayashi.

But  for those waiting to make the left turn to head up to UH, a little community parade can seem to last an eternity.

"I had no idea there was a parade at the same time," said Dane Carlson, who drove from Wahiawa for the volleyball game, and was among the first ten cars waiting to make the left turn. "I wish this was communicated better."

At the same time, the traffic for the volleyball game also made some people late for the parade.

"We still got a lot of candy. And we got to see Santa," said Tia Inouye, who missed the start of the parade.

"We got the lunar eclipse (Saturday morning), as luck would have it. We also have it the same night as the parade, so it only stands to reason," Carlson said.


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