The Royal Order of Kamehameha leads the royal societies in the Commemorative Parade to honor King Kamehameha the Great on a Saturday near to June 11 in Lahaina. Kamehameha was the monarch who unified the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom in 1810 after years of conflicts.
The ladies of Ahahui Kaahumanu ride in convertibles and wave to spectators down the one-mile route from Kenui Street along Front Street to Shaw Street. We are fortunate to also ride in air conditioned luxury in a tour bus provided by the Royal Order to take us back and forth from Kahului to the parade start and finish. It’s a fun Hawaiian cultural event with pa’u riders representing the islands, floats, and community groups participating.
(Photo taken of Maryanne Gomes, Mele Fong, and Marilyn Kusunoki riding in the parade in Lahaina, 2017)