Bright street-fronts boost parade’s glow

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Owen Moe gets a closer look at the lighting set up for the Cognition Learning Center electric vehicle Saturday following the Waimea Lighted Parade presented by the West Kauai Business and Professional Association.

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    Bob McNamara of the Kauai Habitat for Humanity pilots its float, and Habitat board president Peter Wiederoder guides the unit of homeowners past the Yamase Building, which earned top honors for Best Architecture in the Waimea Christmas Street Front Decorations contest that is a part of the Waimea Lighted Parade.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Sheldon-John Sagucio takes advantage of the rain overflow to enjoy his trucks Saturday at the Kauai Community Federal Credit Union Waimea Branch, which was deemed the Best Daytime Display in the Christmas Street Front Decorations Contest as part of the Waimea Lighted Parade.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Chefs Ioane Toyofuku and Shaun Hamada get photographed by a spectator waiting on the pulehu steak special at Ishihara Market, deemed the Most Brilliant in the Christmas Street Front Decorations which is a part of the Waimea Lighted Parade.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    A parade spectator escapes the weather in the recessed alcove housing the Mailani’s display Saturday. The Mailani display was deemed Most Creative in the Christmas Street Front Decorations contest which is a part of the Waimea Lighted Parade.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    The child portraying Mary and holding the infant Jesus from the Waimea United Church of Christ reacts to the audience Saturday fronting the Ako Store building, the first-prize winner of the Christmas Street Front Decorations contest at the Waimea Lighted Parade.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Boy Scouts Shaden Aki and Jonah Stein carry the Troop 334 banner past The Shrimp Station, the second-place winner for Best Themed in the Christmas Street Front Decorations contest at the Waimea Lighted Parade Saturday.

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island

    Santa, aka Eileen Naka‘ahiki of the West Kauai Medical Center/Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital, greets the audience from atop a medical motorized scooter in front of the lit-up Waimea fire station Saturday during the Waimea Lighted Parade.

WAIMEA — Several thousand people jammed Kaumualii Highway through Waimea town Saturday for the annual Waimea Lighted Parade.

All the floats were deemed winners, while winners of the Christmas Street-Front Decorations contest were announced by the Zumba Elves, who hosted the parade banner ahead of Grand Marshall Rep. Dee Morikawa and wound people up with rounds of Zumba.

The annual contest, presented by the West Kauai Business and Professional Association, kicks off with the Lighting Up of Waimea Town, which took place this year right after Thanksgiving.

Members of the Rotary Club of West Kauai distributed books to young children in the sea of spectators that filled Waimea from end to end.

“They had a lot of books for the Waimea Public Library used book sale,” said Rotarian David Walker. “They couldn’t get ride of all of them, so we ordered a hundred to pass out to children. And we didn’t forget the candy, either.”

Ishihara Market, which glimmered through a throng of people, was voted Most Brilliant over Ultimate Nails and Namahana Catering, which offered King Kaumuali‘i wear and gifts n addition to plate lunches.

Waimea Theater Building, including the Sea Shell Diamond and Gina’s Restaurant, was named Most Traditional over the Masaki Market and Fah Inn buildings.

The Ako Store Building, housing a restaurant full of diners getting street-side viewing of the lighting extravaganza at Wrangler’s, topped the Best Themed judging, almost directly across the street from the Waimea fire station which was voted Biggest and Brightest over the Wil Miyake Building and Hofgaard Park decorated by the WKBPA.

The Shrimp Station earned runner-up honors in the Best Themed voting followed by the Waimea Educational Center: Waimea United Church of Christ.

Mailani’s topped the Most Creative judging for its alcove in the building’s recessed entry. The neighboring ‘Ohana Ni‘ihau O Waimea Church got runner-up honors, while Beauty to Go with Jo was in third place.

The Yamase Building, housing One Trust Loan, Subway and Makai Properties, earned top honors for Best Architectural followed by the Hee Building and Big Save/Times Supermarket, whose manager, Gwen Batara, was among the throng of WKBPA people distributing refreshments to parade participants.

The Waimea Plantation Cottages topped the Most Beautiful judging followed by West Inn and the Hong Min Hee Building, home of the recently opened Cafe Lure, and Aunty Lilikoi.

Kauai Community Federal Credit Union, Waimea Branch, earned Best Daytime honors followed by Super Duper II ice cream parlor and Shenelle and Haircuts.

2 Comments
  1. Sunrise_blue December 18, 2017 9:07 am Reply

    Saturday night. It looks like everyone in town were there. x-mas time and cheerios. Congrats!


  2. avcwbcoach December 18, 2017 4:48 pm Reply

    Marvelous Darhlins, the lights really twinkled this year and as usual the people watching had many favorites. The tri tip at Ishiharo’s ran out is the best compliment I can think of! Whomever ordered the weather – grand slam, with a big rainbow included. Pleanty peaceful and grateful fans that were treated, once again to candy’s and neon glow bracelets, to name a few. The entire island should be proud, but particularly the WEST SIDE!


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