The 7th Annual Kea’au Lighted Christmas Parade happened tonight in Kea’au on the Big Island. More then 50 entrants participated in this years events.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to be one of five judges this year. The other judges were Bill Crawford, Hawaii Tribune Herald; Carol Hunter, Wiki-Wiki Mart; Loreen Hough, Oceanic Time Warner; Tom English; W.H. Shipman, and Chris Missick – Alternate Judge, Wiki-Wiki Mart.
This year’s Grand Marshals was former Keaau principals Ann Paulino of Keaau High School and Jamil Ahmadia from Keaau Middle School. The Master of Ceremonies was J.E. Orosco, of K-Big Radio, FM-98, Pacific Radio Group.
Points were given for theme, originality, attractiveness, and most spirited.
1st – Paradise Roller Girls
2nd – Puna Panthers Pop Warner Football and Fred Blas Action Team
1st – Kamehameha School
2nd – Keaau Middle and High Schools
1st – Island Wide Trucking
2nd – Helco
1st – New Hope Fellowship – East Hawaii
2nd – R. Kobayashi Trucking
1st – ET Ohana
2nd – Paradise Park Baptist Church
1st – Keiki Express
2nd – Keaau Post Office
Horse Mounted Unit [Damon edit - I'm not sure where the horses were though :roll: they had a good float and the judges sheets only listed them as a mounted unit]
1st – Hawaii Horse Association
Wreath Contest Winners
Best of Parade Theme – Ma’s Kitchen
Best Workmanship – Shaka Chic
Best Materials – Hokulani’s
Committee members working on the project for the past five month include, Adella Walter, Arline Macanas, Barbara Riley, Bill Walter, Carl Okuyama, Cheryl Kiefer, Dee Joaquin, Jamil Ahmadia, Jeanine Acia, Kathy Weller, Ken Watanabe, Larry Kiefer, Lily Chan-Harris, Oliver English, Puamana Paikai, Randy Akao, Ron Jarvis, Sally De Ryke, Scott Amaral, Tammy Kagawa, Trina Nahm-Mijo, Val Summers, Valerie Ferrari, and Wendy Davis.
Contributing business sponsors included Ace, Alibi Tavern, Inc., Big Island Toyota, Bueno Burrito, Duke’s Shave Ice, Eddie’s Plumbing, Inc., Foodland, GW Construction, HFS Federal Credit Union, HPM, Kea`au Filipino Food Store, Kea`au Natural Foods, Inc., KTA, Lemongrass Restaurant, McDonald’s, Orchid Properties, Pacific Floral Exchange, Inc., Paradise Beverage, Puna Rock Co., Ltd., Watumull Properties, Wiki-Wiki Mart and W.H. Shipman
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