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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.

2014 Pahoa Holiday Parade Judging Results

Here are the results of the 2014 Pahoa Holiday Parade:

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Best Student ages K-6th grade:

1st place 2nd Place

Malamalama Waldorf School Hiccup Circus

Best Student ages 7-12th Grade:

Puna Panthers Hawaii Youth Challenge

Best Kupuna:

Ukulele Group Hawaii Horse Association

Best True To Theme:

Pahoa High & Inter Green Club Puna Canoe Club

Best Club:

Merahi Tahitian Productions

Best Community Spirit:

USO with MJ/Pahoa Propane

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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Pahoa Holiday Parade Scheduled for Saturday December 1st

The 22nd Annual Pahoa Holiday Parade will begin at 9:30 am on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in downtown Pahoa.  Santa will be handing out goodie bags for all of the children who are here to enjoy parade beside the mile long route.

Santa at the 2011 Pahoa Parade

The Holiday Parade begins outside of downtown and ends at Pahoa High and Intermediate School for a “Ho’olaulea” featuring food and more entertainment.

Entries will be accepted up to Wednesday, November 28th and applications are available from Shawn Heard at Puna Style, 965-7592 or Madie Greene at Puna Buy and Sell, 965-7296.

Don’t miss all of the fun – join us in Pahoa at 9:30 am on Saturday, Dec. 1st.

Contact Person: Shawn Heard @ Puna Style 965-7592  (Mon – Thurs)

Pictures from the 2011 Pahoa Christmas Parade

The 2011 Pahoa Holiday Christmas Parade was held today and nearly 70 groups participated in one of the larger Pahoa parades in recent memory.

Here is what Mayor Billy Kenoi had to say as the parade was just about to begin:

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I was trying to “Tweet” the parade but two groups before the end of the Parade I got this message from Twitter: ”

“You are over the daily limit for sending Tweets. Please wait a few hours and try again. Learn more”

Here is what I was able to Tweet and below that is more pictures from the parade.

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Ouch motorcycle accident in the #PahoaParade http://pic.twitter.com/KqkIgaw3
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Hawaii Horse owners association #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/0bpQtTmc
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Pahoa Community Health Center with Dan Domizio #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/zAGvTgrr
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Redistricting chairperson Rene Siracusa #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/GtxpMX3N
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Oldest Big Island resident Sarah Mae #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/bHjPmhke
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Everyone loves a wiener dog #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/N4dvoMWz
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Oh my I had no idea my son was going to be in the #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/aJjp6Fr1
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Car club just rolled through #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/YE2TvFO5
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Its @MayorKenoi Senator Kahele and #PahoaParade Grand Marshall Louie Perry pic.twitter.com/dkJHLx6x
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Its Police Officer Amaral… One of our good guys at #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/XMYwEPec
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Puna Panthers concession stand at #PahoaParade pic.twitter.com/E38vO8wy
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Pre #PahoaParade entertainment. Actual parade starts at 10:00 pic.twitter.com/szIlqOI5
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Don’t forget about the Ho’olaule’a after the #PahoaParade at the school. pic.twitter.com/W3VizYQ0
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