Hundreds Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

WAIKIKI (KHNL) -- Thousands of onlookers line the streets of Waikiki Monday morning for the MLK Day Parade.

They walk, they ride, and some even take the trolly.

James Finan of Honolulu said, "I think it's good because Hawaii is a really ethnically diverse place and theres lots of different kind of groups represented here."

This parade includes political groups, church groups, and beauty queens.

"When I woke up this morning, I heard all the bands and music and everybody walking by," Finan said.

Fred Schmidt is visiting Hawaii from Seattle. "The band I enjoy listening to that, I think that navy band gets to you," he said.

Many different participants come together to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his sacrifices to bring equality to the streets of America.

"We wanted to come down and see what kind of groups are being represented in this mornings parade," Finan said. "My favorite part of the parade was the women in pink for peace."

Many have this day off of work and come to watch.

"You have to appreciate the lots of volunteers hours they put in," Schmidt said.

Those who march in this parade had beautiful weather to celebrate the memory and accomplishments of Dr. King's work.

This years VIP's include Mayor Mufi Hannemann and State Senator Gary Hoosier.

Hannemann is being honored for his longtime support of MLK-Hawaii events.