Rice Street closed for Kamehameha Day parade

LIHU‘E — The annual King Kamehameha Day celebration parade is back, bringing culture and entertainment for island residents and visitors.

Rice Street will be closed to vehicular traffic Saturday from 9:45 to 11 a.m. for the parade.

George Thronas, chair of the celebration, said the parade will start at 10 a.m. from Vidinha Stadium and make its way along Ho‘olako Road to Rice Street, ending at Eiwa Street and the lawn of the historic County Building.

Pa‘u units, decorated vehicles and floats will join the parade, Thronas said. The event is expected to last about 45 minutes to an hour.

Crafters, food booths and cultural demonstrations will be set up at the Historic County Building, and will get under way from 10 a.m.

Live entertainment headlined by Kellen and Lihau Paik of Kaua‘i’s North Shore will start at 11 a.m. and run through 2 p.m.

There is no admission charge to view the parade or the ho‘olaule‘a which follows the parade at the Historic County Building.

The King Kamehameha Day Celebration parade and the ho‘olaule‘a, themed “He Wahine Holo Lio,” is sponsored by the King Kamehameha Celebration Commission with support from the County of Kaua‘i, the Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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