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King Kamehameha Day Celebration Parade, Lihue, Kauai

June 8, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


See the fabulous King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade in Līhuʻe, Kauaʻi beginning at 9:00 a.m. from Vidinha Stadium to the Historic County Building on Rice Street. The Hawaiian tradition of pāʻū riding, celebrates the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) traditions introduced in the 1820s. Resplendent in the foliage and colors of each island, beautiful women and handsome men make their way along the Parade route.

Then join in the fun after the parade at the King Kamehameha Hoʻolauleʻa on the lawn of the Historic County Building for hula, live Hawaiian entertainment, food booths, craft vendors, and more!

Activities at a Glance

  • Outdoor Event
  • Parade
  • Handicapped Access
  • Child-Friendly
  • Local Products for Sale
  • Crafts
  • Food Booths
  • Hula
  • Live Entertainment
  • Live Music

2018 Parade Honorees

Photos (clockwise from left): Paʻu Queen Lori Wong, Paʻu Marshall Joseph Sugai, King Charles Naihe, Grand Marshall William Neil Rapozo, Sr. and family.

King Charles Naihe
Charles is a humble man and one of 15 brothers and sisters who comes to us from Waimanalo and Hawaii island. He has served as a corrections officer at KCCC for the last 25 years as a Lieutenant and Watch Commander. He has nine children, now grown with five still here and the rest living outside of Hawaii. His mother has family ties to Kauai. Her blood flows from some of the most royal of the alii lines. You can find the names of Kaeokulani, Kekaulike and Kalaiopu’u in his mother’s genealogy making him a wonderful choice as our Alii Nui. Charles is an accomplished musician and entertainer and looks forward to retiring and spending more time playing the old style Hawaiian music.

Grand Marshall William Neil Rapozo, Sr.
William Neil Rapozo, Sr. is the son of Joseph Rapozo, Jr. and Gloria Sa. He was born on December 7, 1931 in Hanamaulu, Kauai and was the eldest of five children. He grew up in the Hanamaulu Camp where Kalepa Village is today. Neil and his wife Mildred still reside in Hanamaulu where they have lived since 1957 and have raised four children, 6 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Horses have been a huge part of Neil’s life since he was a young boy. He is currently 87 years old and still enjoys and maintains his two horses on a daily basis with his daughter Diane. Neil’s father, Joseph Rapozo worked for the Lihue Plantation and enjoyed raising horses and competed as a jockey. He and Neil operated the Garden Island

Riding Academy located at Nukoli’i where he provided horseback riding for the military personnel in the war years. After retiring from the plantation, they continued the stables with horseback riding for visitors until 1984 when it closed. Neil always shared his love of horses with his family, teaching all he possibly could to each generation.

Paʻu Queen Lori Wong
Pa’u Queen Lori Wong is 36 and resides in Wailua where she was born and raised by her parents Dennis and Cheryl Wong along with sister Lisa and brother Charlie. She attended Kapaa High and Elementary School and the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. She is currently a Patient Access Representative at Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital Emergency Department.

Lori is a 3rd generation paʻu parade rider. 17 years ago she started as Princess of Kahoʻolawe and continued to ride all of the island units thus this year qualifying for the Paʻu Queen position.

One of the biggest influences for Lori was Uncle Kealoha Saffery. At the age of 12 years old Lori learned how to make horse leis and floral adornments from Uncle Kealoha. Lori also comes from a long family history of paniolo and ranchers. Her father was a roper and also had cattle and bought Santa Gertrudis bulls. Lori became active in rodeo at the age of 10 and started 4-H at the age of 14. Overtime she also learned to dally team rope. She enjoys helping sort and work cattle with Uncle Corky Bryan and her family and friends at Haʻupu Ranch.

Paʻu Marshall Joseph Sugai
Joseph James “Joe” Sugai recently turned 70 years old and is married to our King’s Parade and Celebration Commissioner Melissia Aki. They have six daughters, four grandsons and three granddaughters. Joe and his wife reside in the town of Anahola where they raised their family. He served in the United States Army in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged and is now honored as a Veteran. He is also a retired Supervisor from the Amfac Līhu‘e Plantation where he worked for 30 years.

Born and raised on Kaua‘i, Joe lived in Keālia camp as it was called during the Plantation era and attended Kapa‘a School. Losing his mother at a young age, Joe was cared for by his mom’s brother’s family – the Ornellas’ from Keālia. His uncles were a generation of cowboys and ranchers that taught him all about life as a cowboy. He could train horses, rope, brand, and castrate cattle at round ups and also fix and repair saddles and ropes. He also learned the art of “floating” or repairing horse teeth.
This year will be six years where Joe is not riding a horse in the parade, but instead this year he will finally be in a convertible. He said is safer for him as he laughs with relief, but still hard work.

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June 8, 2019
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Kamehameha Day


King Kamehameha Celebration Commission
(808) 586-0333


Vidinha Stadium
Hoolako Street
Lihue, HI 96766 United States
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