(Media release) Â â€” The 20th Annual Pahoa Holiday Parade commences at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 in old Pahoa Village.Â The colorful and notably unique parade that highlights the diverse and eclectic community of Puna will maintain its usual route along Pahoa Village Road to the Pahoa High and Intermediate School for a Hoâ€™olaulea that will feature island fare and entertainment. Before and after the parade, residents and visitors are being encouraged to dine and shop locally, and many of the businesses will be planning specials and incentives that day.
The theme of this year’s parade is “Keiki and Kupuna Holomua (Moving Forward). Â Grand marshal will be Jan Ikeda, who, this year, celebrates 60 years in business in Pahoa, running Jan’s Barber Shop. Â A tribute to Vic Beardsley, Puna’s longstanding Santa Claus who passed this year, is also expected.
Motorists should note that Pahoa Village Road, also known as Old Government Road, the main street through Old Pahoa Village, will be temporarily closed for the Pahoa Holiday Parade from approximately 9:30 am to noon.Â The road closure will be from Apaâ€™a Street (also known as Rubbish Dump Road) to Kaâ€™ohe Homestead Road (the intersection leading to the Pahoa High and Intermediate School). Parade participants are to line up along Apaâ€™a Road, entering from Kaâ€™ohe Homestead Road.
To participate in the Pahoa Holiday Parade, pick up and drop off entry forms at Jeff Hunt Surfboards, 15-2883 Pahoa Village Road, or call (808) 965-2322 to have your entry form emailed. The deadline to submit entry forms for participation in the parade is Wednesday, Dec. 1.