June 12, 2010 – Kapaau, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan
A scenic floral parade of pa’u riders and civic organizations trotted from Hawi to Kapa’au during the Kamehameha Day festivities in North Kohala on Hawaii Island.
The small town packed the narrow Akoni Pule Highway street in order to celebrate the state holiday. North Kohala is the birthplace of King Kamehemeha the Great, who unified the Hawaiian Islands 200 years ago using a mixture of conquest and diplomacy.
All the Hawaiian Islands were represented by the pa’u riders. Even Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi, who last year took the trip by foot, rode a horse into town. At the end of the route, many of the marchers offered a special lei to adorn the landmark Kamehameha statue before attending the ho’olaulea at the nearby park.