74th Annual Floral Parade
The 74th annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade in Honolulu Hawaii took place on Saturday, September 24th, 2022. The parade started at 9am from Ala Moana Park and made its way to Kapiolani Park in Waikiki, traversing through Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue.
Spectators, mostly tourists, lined up both sides of Kalakaua Avenue and watched the Floral Parade. These images were photographed at Kalakaua Avenue and Beachwalk, near the Burger King.
Among the participants at this year’s Floral Parade include The Royal Hawaiian Center, the Queen Emma Hawaiian Civic Club, the Aloha Festivals Royal Court, Josh Hassler, and Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band, Hawaiian Airlines, Damien Memorial school, Kaya Leslie, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Middle School Student Body President; various dune buggy , vehicles, various Volkswagen vehicles, Pauli’I Zidek, Kemehemeha Schools Kapalama High School Student Body President; Punana Leo O Manoa, Na Papa Hula O Noelani, Hawaii’s Finest Clothing, Ke One O Kakuhihewa, the Oahu Council of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Club; Waikiki Surf Club, Mrs Hawaii America, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Miss Chinese Jaycees Queen, Castle High School Band, Moloka’i Hoe Canoe Race, hosted by Oahu Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association; Shriner’s Children Hawaii, Lei Queen, and Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi.
Also at the Floral Parade are were the Marine Corp Marching Band, the 2022 Miss Hawaii Chinese Princess, Benton Keali’I Pang of Ke One O Kakuhihewa, Princess Kehau Holi-Robb, Princess of Lanai, the Royal Hawaiian Band, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama High School Glee Club, the East-West Center, Miss Hawaii Volunteer, Zoey Kalawe, Kamehameha Schools 6th Grade Student Leader; U.S. Representative Kai Kahele, Miss Hawaii International, Dole Plantation, Mini Miss Hawaii, Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association, Princess of Kauai, Papakolea Homestead, the Hawaiian Civic Club of Wahiawa, the Kamehameha Schools Kapalama High School Orchestra, Palisades Elementary Aloha Hula, Princess of Molokai, Lei Court, Colonel Steven McGunegle of the U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii; Dr. Taran Chun of the Kemehemeha Schools Kapalama, Deede Santiago, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama Principal; Princess of Maui, Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu, Princess of Oahu, McKinley High School Tiger Battalion US Army JROTC; Princess of Kahoolawe, Malama Loko Ea Foundation, Aloha Chinese Concept Association, and various low-rider vehicles
Appearances by the Moanalua High School “Menehune” Marching Band & Color Guard, Kula Gaughen-Haili, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama, Principal; Hawaii Catholic Schools, Ka Pa Hula, the 2022 Narcissus Queen, Kemehameha Schools Band, Lieutenant Governor Josh Green, ChunMi Araki of Mrs Hawaii America; the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the 2022 Little League World Series Team Hawaii Champions, Alohilani Resort, Outrigger Hotel & Resorts, Kemehameha Schools Kapalama Elementary School Children’s Chorus, Aloha Festivals Board Co-Chair Helen “Sam” Shenkus”, Kiana Yamat , Miss Hawaii USA; Princess Ruth Hawaiian Civic Club, Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus, Miss Hawaii and Miss Hawaii’s Teen; Pa’u Queen, Princess of Niihau, Kaycie Lynn Parks, Mrs Hawaii International; Maddison-Paige Parks, Miss Pre Teen Hawaiian International; Kamehameha Dance Company, and Hawaiian Airlines were also at this year’s event.
The theme of this year’s Floral Parade was “Aloha Aina, Love of the Land.” According to Aloha Festivals, “The foundation of Aloha Aina is a reverence for the aina (land) as a venerated ancestor. Subsequently, Aloha Festivals recognizes the collective kuleana (responsibility) all have to care for the land from whom all receive nourishment.”