|Pa‘u princess, Island of Lana‘i.|
Adorned in the colors and flora of the islands, the regal pa‘u riders are the highlight of every parade. Led by a princess outfitted in a long-flowing pa‘u or "skirt," each of the mounted equestrian units represents one of eight Hawaiian islands. A unit representing the Island of Hawai‘i, for example, will be draped in lei made of red lehua blossoms and wearing red attire, the official color of the Big Island. For the Island of Maui, the lokelani (rose) is incorporated, with pink as the chosen color, while Island of O‘ahu features the yellow ilima and yellow attire. In order to become the parade queen, a rider should have ideally ridden for each of the eight islands in parades through the years.
|The wrapping of pa‘u in traditional fabric.|
|Kamehameha Day Parade, June 11, Kailua-Kona.|
When you book your romantic Hawaiian vacation at Holualoa Inn this June, be sure to venture down to Kailua-Kona, just a five-minute drive from the inn, for the annual floral parade on Ali‘i Drive. Your Holualoa Inn ohana will help you with all the details of your Kona itinerary.
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