Waimea Christmas parade and party

Holiday events continue this weekend with the 20th Waimea Kukui Kalikimaka Huakai (Lighted Christmas Parade) from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Sponsored by the West Kauai Business and Professional Association and other area merchants, the outdoor event is child friendly and free. 

The traditional celebrate always takes place the last Saturday before Christmas.

“Our grand marshal is aunty Aletha Kaohi of Waimea, one of our Westside community treasures who will lead the parade,” said Parade Chair Esther Estes. “She will be flanked by Harleys from Kauai Harley-Davidson/Kawasaki.”

The floats and marching groups start from Waimea Canyon Middle School at 6:15 p.m., and go through the heart of Waimea Town via Huakai Street, turning right onto Waimea Canyon Drive, then left onto Kaumualii Highway before reaching Hofgaard Park.

The event will also for its first gingerbread house display.

Waimea businesses that had their storefronts lighted by Wednesday will be judged in various categories and awarded certificates in a ceremony.

“If you bring your own camera, Santa will be available for picture taking,” Estes added. 

Waimea merchants will have food for sale and Dupont Pioneer is bringing popcorn machines to give out free popcorn. 

The Waimea Christmas party will take place after the parade at Hofgaard Park. There will be crafts, food and venders, along with live music and entertainment, including The Blond Boys. They will entertain the crowd from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

“It is WKBPA’s last event of 2014 and one of the biggest on the Westside,” Estes said. “Please come and join us for this festive occasion.”

Info: Esther Estes at 652-0927, email estesaloha@hawaii.rr.com or visit www.wkbpa.com.

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