LIHU’E — A county tanker truck sprayed down the sides of ‘Eiwa Street Thursday morning.
This was the eve of the triple bill of events in Lihu’e, and as the truck washed down the road and county electricians checked on the systems on the lawn of the historic County Building, Young Brothers Community Advisory Board members presented their support to leaders of the Lights on Rice parade.
The parade was last night, and thousands of spectators lined Rice Street, several rows of people deep in many places along the route, with lawn chairs, blankets, pillows, plate lunches and more, as a festive, family, party, holiday feeling took hold (watch tomorrow’s paper for pictures and a story).
After the parade, people stood in line to wait to get into the historic County Building to see the Festival of Lights and hear more live entertainment.
Singers with the Kauai Chorale, under the direction of Lois Ricciardi, performed before the ceremonial first lighting of the decorated trees on the lawn of the County Building, and the spectacle inside that is the Festival of Lights.
Throughout the day and well into the evening, the Kaua’i Museum Christmas Craft Fair also took place.
Funds from the YB Community Advisory Board are to be used to pay for essential services for the several-thousand spectators and participants part of the annual celebration in Lihu’e.
In addition to the financial contribution from the CAB, generous sponsorships from community businesses and organizations assured the safety and enjoyment for all, parade organizers said.
- Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or firstname.lastname@example.org