“We had to come,” said Laura Jordan, of Hanamaulu. “My son is in the parade with the Kula Aupuni Niihau A Kahelelani Aloha Public Charter School.”
Jordan found a comfortable spot in the shade and was among the several thousand spectators who enjoyed nearly 40 floats light up the main street in Waimea on the final Saturday before Christmas.
Hosted by the West Kauai Professional and Business Association and several community organizations, the annual parade thrilled spectators with its display of lights and sounds as it wound its way past decorated store fronts and residences.
“We couldn’t go back to Kalaheo and come back because they’re closing the road,” said George Cardenes. “My grandson is in the parade so we’re just staying here. Besides, this is a good place because we can walk to the stores if we have to.”