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Call for entries as the 2021 Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa‘u Parade goes virtual

By Staff | Apr 9, 2021

Elegant pa‘u riders are a tradition of the annual parade honoring Hawaii’s ali‘i. PHOTO BY LISA VILLIARIMO.

WAILUKU — The 2021 Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa’u Parade and Ho’olaule’a is going virtual. The event will be pre-recording each parade entry to be presented virtually on Facebook LIVE at facebook.com/nkcpph.

Should your participation be approved, a film crew will be sent to your organization or business location and will record your parade entry and get some interviews with you and your group.

Recording times can range from 20 minutes to one hour depending on lighting, sound and setup.

To obtain a parade entry, fill out the Google form at https://forms.gle/VYvJPVr7kjNVkUyJ6.

“I think about how we enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in the comforts of our own homes on Maui. While we are definitely not there in person, we are able to see each parade entry march, ride, perform and receive commentary of who is on screen. This is our vision for our 2021 virtual parade,” said Daryl Fujiwara, parade coordinator for the last 11 years.

“We are in unimaginable times, so it’s time to imagine — be creative and find solutions. We canceled last year; I don’t want to cancel and have nothing again. We must ho’omana our ali’i. It is our duty as people of these islands.”

All 2021 Parade Entries will be screened accordingly, and if approved, a date and time will be scheduled to record your segment. Part of the screening includes COVID-19 safety procedures aligned with all government regulations.

Please keep these recording dates in mind when applying: Thursday, April 29; Friday, April 30; and Saturday, May 1.

The content captured in this recording time will translate to 30 seconds to over five minutes of actual screen time.

This parade’s function is to honor our ali’i nui, Kamehameha I and his lineage. Please consider this when creating what your participation piece will look like.

To apply, complete the following:

1. Fill out the Parade Entry application.

2. Performances: You must provide your own music and sound system.

3. Float or decorated vehicle: Upload a sketch for prior approval.

4. NO stunts! No flipping, tossing or stunt movess of any kind. No one’s hands should ever touch the pavement.

The deadline to apply is April 16, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. Participation approval reply will be sent by April 17.

The King Kamehameha Day holiday is June 11, and the event release will be June 19 at 10 a.m.

Mahalo to the County of Maui Office of Economic Development and the Lahaina Hawaiian Civic Club for supporting the event.