Grand Hyatt wins parade top honors

KOLOA — Thousands of people turned out for the annual Koloa Plantation Days parade yesterday, culminating a weeklong celebration.

Conch shells blown by concierge Steven Domingo announced the overall winner as the purple-shirted Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa employees, taking home top honors for the parade.

The Grand Hyatt had a crew dressed up to represent pa‘u riders and princes for the different islands, and also took top honors in the Equestrian judging.

Harvey Maeda of Kaua‘i Classic Cars took top honors in the Classic Car Show, which followed the parade through town.

“It’s a beautiful day for a parade,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of cars out here, today. It was just a perfect day.”

Maeda’s entry was a black 1957 Chevy. The Eugene Fukushima ‘ohana picked up second place with its burgundy 1968 Camaro.

Ernest Vidinha rounded out top three with his white ’61 Chevy.

In the decorated vehicle category, Kaua‘i Classic Cars wowed the judges.

Malama Maha‘ulepu had figured out a way to condense the dust screens into a parade-sized unit, and its group with colorful signs earned top honors in the Walking Unit judging.

“I wore my red shirt, today,” said David Chang, a lifetime Koloa resident, as he cradled the trophy following the announcement.

The Marriott Waiohai Beach Club jumped to the top of the Float judging, edging out the Edith Tanaka family, who created a float for the parade’s grand marshal and all of her family.

The Koloa Plantation Days parade, which wrapped up the Koloa Plantation Days celebration was coordinated by Melissa McFerrin with help from numerous community individuals and businesses.

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