Don’t forget about the music

Don’t get too swept up in the excitement of this year’s annual Koloa Plantation Days Parade. Save some energy for the live entertainment that follows the Saturday event.

Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, there will be a slew of on stage antics, including Troy Lazaro, Tsunami Taiko, comedy by Frank DeLima and Augie T, award-winning hula by Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala, plus Hawaiian music by Led Kaapana and Mike Kaawa.

Kaapana (who has been nicknamed a Hawaiian Legend) has been mesmerizing audiences for more than four decades with his slack key guitar.

While the Grammy Award- and Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning musician has criss-crossed the globe, Kauai audiences can see him alongside with Kaawa starting at 2:20 p.m.

Other highlights include a performance by Kumu Hula Leinaala Pavao Jardin and her halau, who are fresh off a sweep at the Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition in Oahu last weekend. The halau captured the Miss Keiki Hula solo competition and the Master Keiki Hula solo competition.

The halau also took top honors for both kaikamahine and kane divisions in the hula kahiko and the hula auana competitions. They go on stage at 1:15 p.m.

But before you get your fill of dancing and music, exercise your core when comedians Frank DeLima and Augie T hit the stage. The duo are famous for their brand of local-style (and clean) comedy, fun for the entire family. See them starting at noon.

The park celebration also features keiki activities, food booths, and a craft fair.

The entry fee is $3; keiki ages 12 and under are free. To enter the ballpark a bit faster, purchase wristbands from members of the Lihue Young Buddhist Association along the parade route or at the gate before the parade.

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9 a.m.: Roads close in Koloa for the parade

10 a.m.: Festivities begin with parade through Koloa Town to Annie Knudsen Ball Park; Food booths, craft tents and keiki area open

11 a.m.: On stage entertainment opens with pule, national anthem and Hawaii Pono I by Troy Lazaro; Welcome by emcee Charla Vidinha

11:20 a.m.: Tsunami Taiko

Noon: Comedy by Frank DeLima and Augie T

12:30 p.m.: Roads reopen

1:05 p.m.: Parade awards

1:15 p.m.: Halau Ka Lei Mokihana O Leinaala (Hula)

2 p.m.: Silent auction first closing

2:20 p.m.: Led Kaapana and Mike Kaawa

3:30 p.m.: Kasibulan Filipino Folk Dance Company

3:45 p.m.: Silent auction second closing

4 p.m.: Hoaikane

5 p.m.: Ball park festivities conclude; Food, crafts and keiki areas close


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