Getting in the Holiday Spirit – Aloha Style
For the past 57 years, Waimea has helped islanders get into the spirit of Christmas with their annual twilight parade. Last year, truckers lit the town! This year, we will take time to honor our teachers. The Grand Marshall will be veteran educator and school principal Mrs. Pat Rice, who has been teaching students for over 42 years!
Last year, truckers took over the parade route. Grand Marshall Keoki Pahio Liana led truck drivers from all over the island through Waimea in fully decorated rigs. This year, decorated vehicles will once again take to the streets! The parade will begin at the east end Historic Church Row, onto Mamalahoa Highway, turn right onto Lindsey Road at the main intersection, passing Parker School and ends at Waimea Park. There will be ten narrator stations spaced around the parade route to give some background on each participant.
The 58th annual parade will take place on December 1st from 5:30 to 6:45pm and will be followed by a tree lighting. Planning meetings are still taking place and open to the public. If you would like to participate, meetings will be held on November 14th and 28th in the Historic Spencer House Conference Room. Check the website for further details! Parade applications are also open to the public and are available on the same page. The deadline to submit is November 16th so there is no time to waste!
Show off your creativity or just come out to join in the festivities. There is still more planning to be done on the parade so keep checking the website for updates. Get into the holiday spirit and start thinking about how your vehicle can light up Waimea!