Na Kamehameha parade set for Saturday in Lahaina

The Maui News

Front Street in Lahaina will be closed to traffic starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for the 2018 Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa’u Parade & Ho’olaule’a.

Front Street from Kenui to Shaw streets will be closed for the parade that begins at 9:45 a.m. and runs south through Lahaina town.

Commentary stations will be at Longhi’s, Kimo’s, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Lahaina Pizza Co. and The Wharf Cinema Center.

The Pa’u queen is Tiara Dudoit. The 2018 Pa’u marshal is Franklin Crozier of Makawao.

Pa’u riders are dressed in colors representing each Hawaiian island. The riders are elegantly dressed, and horses are adorned with flowers and greenery, usually of the plants and flora representing each island.

A free ho’olaule’a starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and runs through 5 p.m. at Banyan Tree Park.

There will be Hawaiian music and hula, with the pa’u awards ceremony set for 2 p.m. There also will be Maui-made arts and crafts, along with food booths and lei-making. Also featured will be cultural exhibits and keiki arts activities.

The ho’olaule’a will continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The 2018 theme is “Ola ke aloha no na ali’i — The love for our ali’i lives on.”

It is in commemoration of the 100th anniversaries of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu and Hale O Na Ali’i.

For more information, call 264-8779.