Hawaii Girl Waves Aloha from Rose Parade

Makana Gerona
Makana Gerona

PASADENA, California (KHNL) -- The Tournament of Roses parade in California had a local twist to it.

15-year-old Makana Gerona waved from the Aloha Festival float Tuesday morning.

Gerona is a former Kaiser Patient from Hawaii.

She was chosen to ride on the float because of her heroic fight against a life-threatening condition.

The float won the tournament's Director Trophy, which highlights its artistic design and floral presentation.

Thousands attended the parade, now in its one 119th year.