Hawaiian culture showcased in Aloha Festival’s 74th Annual Floral Parade

The largest Hawaiian Cultural Celebration in the nation concludes with a favorite tradition among visitors and residents.
Published: Sep. 24, 2022 at 9:45 PM HST|Updated: Sep. 25, 2022 at 11:53 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Thousands of spectators lined Kalakaua Avenue Saturday for the Aloha Festival’s 74th Annual Floral Parade. Many were happy to see the tradition return after a two-year hiatus.

It was a procession of marching bands, traditional pa’u riders, hula halau and colorful floats — each meticulously decorated with thousands of fresh flowers and plants. They all reflecting this year’s theme of “Aloha Aina: Love of the Land.”

And the event didn’t just attract tourists. Residents said they were excited to see the iconic tradition again.

“Welcome back!” said Nadine Ching of Kapahulu.

“It’s really nice to be back,” said Michele Nascimento of Nanakuli. “I have two my girls walking this year, one on the float.”

The parade closed the month-long Aloha Festivals events, which is said to be the country’s largest Hawaiian Cultural Celebration.

“I wanted to immerse myself with the local culture,” said Theresa Yoon, who moved to Oahu from Burlington, Vermont. “First time, excited.”

Also joining the celebration, Lt. Gov. Josh Green, U.S. Rep. Kai Kahele and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi.

Crowds were further delighted to see and congratulate the Honolulu Little League team, who won the Little League World Series.