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Hundreds Come Out for Pāhoa Holiday Parade

In Pāhoa, the Christmas season begins with the annual Holiday Parade.

The sidewalks of Pāhoa were filled with holiday joy as the 2017 holiday parade marched through town on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Vehicles and marching groups lined up on Apa‘a Road beginning at 8:30 a.m. and the parade began at 9:30 a.m., proceeding down Pāhoa’s Main Government Road.

Puna organizations, churches, businesses, schools and ad hoc groups participated.

This year’s theme was “E Ala O Pāhoa,” Pāhoa Rising.

The annual parade is presented by the Mainstreet Pāhoa Association

Santa to Star in 2017 Pāhoa Holiday Parade

Santa Claus is coming to Pāhoa town on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. He will once again be the featured guest at the Mainstreet Pāhoa Association’s annual Holiday Parade.

Families, residents and visitors will begin to line Pāhoa Village Road an hour before the 9:30 a.m. start of the parade. The main street through Pāhoa town will be closed from Apaʻa Road to the high school beginning at 9 a.m.

Madie Greene and Bruddah Kuz

The grand marshall for this year’s parade is Auntie Madie Green. Affectionately known as the unofficial “mayor” of Pāhoa, Green has been an active proponent for Pāhoa and the Puna District for decades.

The theme for Saturday’s parade reflects the plantation town’s new attitude, “E ho ‘ala hou ‘a Pāhoa,”
Pāhoa Rising.

Marching units and floats will be judged on their interpretation of the theme, their spirit and showmanship by a panel of five judges consisting of three adults, and two students from area schools.

Winning organizations will receive albizia wood medallions created and donated by Hawaiʻi Bookmark.

The Hawai‘i County Band and the Heiau o Umi-a-Liloa, Helu Umi Royal Order of Kamehameha will begin the parade. The body of the parade will include lots of keiki from local schools, kūpuna, and clubs and organizations all out trying to impress the judges and entertain the crowd. Santa will arrive at the end of the parade to begin the holiday season in Pāhoa.

Following the parade, Santa will be at Savio Realty for pictures with the keiki. Savio is providing complimentary photos for the parents. All morning long, keiki can enter a drawing for Savio’s Keiki Play House, a whimsical structure that looks like it might have been built by Santa’s elves.

Entrants must be present at the 1 p.m. drawing to win. To enter, one must be 12 years old or younger. Savio will also collect cans of food for The Food Basket, Hawaiʻi Island’s Food Bank.

Mainstreet Pāhoa Association President Matt Purvis commented, “The parade is one of the association’s favorite events of the year. And, it’s a great start to the holiday season in Pāhoa.”

The annual holiday parade is a presentation of the Mainstreet Pāhoa Association, with the sponsorship of local businesses. Since 1993 the association’s mission has been to connect the people, non-profits, businesses and government representatives of the Puna District to advocate for the historic plantation town.

The 2014 Pahoa Holiday Parade

Pahoa residents have gone through a lot during the last few months with Tropical Storm Iselle devastating much of the area and now a lava flow threatening the town.

Residents came out in full force today support the annual holiday parade knowing that this could be one the last one for the town if the lava does cover the town.

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2009 Pahoa Holiday Parade General Information

My Little Santa

The 2009 Pahoa Holiday Parade will be held on December 5th beginning at 10:00 am.

For Parade Entry Application please see Maddie Greene at Pahoa Buy & Sell Next to Luquin’s Restaurant.

All applications are due by Wednesday, December 2 2009

(Pictures from last years parade)

2009 Pahoa Parade

DATE & TIME – Saturday, December 5, 2009, 10 am – sharp!  Line up begins promptly @ 9:00 am.  In the event of severe rain, thunder, lightening, etc. the parade will be cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

PARADE ROUTE – Pahoa Village Road beginning at Dump Road & continuing to the intersection by Pahoa HS.

Pahoa Parade

STAGING AREA – Entries need to begin lining up near the beginning of the parade route by the Dump Road.  They will be directed to their order in the parade by volunteers who will use their discretion based on all of this year’s entrants.

PLACEMENT IN THE PARADE – Entrants will be placed in order at the discretion of the Parade Director (committee).  This decision will be based on type of entry, whether an animal is part of the entry, noise level, age of entrants and primarily safety concerns.

Pahoa Parade

ENTRANTS – The Pahoa Holiday Parade is open to many different units including color guards, floats, marching units, emergency vehicles, equine or animal entries, car clubs, novelty units, commercial or business entries & political units.  We welcome all groups and individuals to participate as entrants so long as they conform to the parade regulations.  In the interest of presenting the finest entertainment value to the spectators, all groups are encouraged to enter decorated floats, music units and themed entries.

All parade entries must be in good taste and contribute entertainment value to the Holiday Parade theme.  Participants should be dressed in uniform/costume or ride in a decorated vehicle, float or bicycle.

At check in, you will be provided a number, please place your parade number in the right front windshield of the vehicle (or as close to the right front of your entry as is possible) for proper identification at the judges stand.

All entries must keep moving and in the line of march at all times.  Units must not stop along the parade route at any time.  This causes gaps in the processional

No driver or parade participant shall consume, possess or be under the influence of intoxicating or controlled substances during this event.

No “For Sale” signs on any vehicles.

Mainstreet Pahoa Association will provide the only Santa in the parade

CANDY DISTRIBUTION – In the interest of safety, there will be absolutely NO candy throwing from parade entries.  Individuals may walk to the curb to distribute candy.

Puna Wieners

ENTRIES WITH ANIMALS – You are responsible for all animals in the staging area and throughout the parade route.  Horses should be calm and comfortable in the excitement of a parade setting.  All animal entrants should have adequate drinking water provided for the animals and clean up details.

Pahoa Parade

EQUINE SAFETY – Unless involved with an entry including horses, all participants will refrain from entering the equine staging area.  The parade director will make every effort to space out the horse entries.  If you are placed after a horse entry, take care not to approach horses from behind, as that is a horse “strike-zone.”  Do not crowd or push them forward, remember that they are animals not cars and need their space to feel comfortable.  If you need to approach a horseback rider, the best approach is toward the shoulder, without eye-contact with the horse.

Pahoa Parade

ALL ENTRIES WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR AWARDS – Prizes to be determined

We reserve the right to restrict content, signage and refuse access to the parade route for any unregistered, non-complying and/or inappropriate entry.  Unacceptable entries will be directed to leave the parade staging area.  Pre-registration is required.

It's Santa!

Thank you for your participation, unique entry and extra efforts to make the parade a spectacular celebration of the Holiday!