Kaimuki Ohana Ready To March For 65th Year

For the 65th year, Kaimuki residents and businesses will kick of the season with their annual parade at 6 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 6) and the tree-lighting ceremony to follow.

About 40 entries and 500 marchers are expected for the parade along Waialae Avenue, followed by the tree-lighting at Pu’u O Kaimuki above the fire station. Motorists should expect traffic delays as two Diamond Head-bound lanes will be closed, and traffic will be contraflowed on remaining lanes.

Sponsored by Kaimuki Business and Professional Association, the parade draws on local groups, merchants, schools and bands, including the Royal Hawaiian and Kaimuki High School bands. The Bulldogs also will bring their cheerleaders, homecoming courts, faculty and staff to the festivities.

The KBPA also honors Chaminade University as its “grand marshal,” with Brother Bernie Ploeger riding in the parade on behalf of the college.

The march starts at Saint Louis School, travels down to Waialae, then to Koko Head and into the municipal parking lot.

VIP seating is by Kaimuki Plaza at 10th and Waialae. For details, call 739-5272.