Kamehameha Day Floral Parade, Waikiki


The day after the King Kamehameha Day lei ceremony, there was a floral parade in his honour, starting from downtown Honolulu to Waikiki. My schedule didn't allow me the chance to photograph the entire parade but I did manage to snap a few photos of the pa'u riders from Maui. Maui's island flower is the rose: Lokelani, and their island color is pink. How perfect is that for my recently married sister Hillary, who's favorite color is pink, and who's moving to Maui this summer.

My favorite part of any Hawaiian parade are the pa'u riders, in the Hawaiian language, the word pa'u means skirt, and is used to refer to the flowing skirts used by women when riding on horseback. The pa'u is traditionally made of 12 yards of fabric and was created so that women could ride with both legs on the sides of their horse (like a man would). Back in those days women would ride sideways or side-saddle on a horse. What a liberating and fashionable invention the pa'u is :)

Each Hawaiian island is represented by a group of graceful pa'u riders who are represented as princesses of their respective island. They ride beautiful horses adorned with lush Hawaiian leis around their necks who trot with such pride in the parade. Each princess has ladies in waiting and the royal group are accompanied by paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) in traditional paniolo clothing with their cowboy hats and also wearing beautiful leis.

Hopefully I'll be able to photograph the pa'u riders from all of the islands in another parade in the future...and with a nice, new zoom lens :D

For more views, I found a few more photos online of pa'u riders a little closer here, and here.

Photos: Merissa Revestir


  1. Thanks for sharing the pics! I watched this movie, Honokaa Boy, recently, which was set in Hawaii, and I thought about you!

  2. Cookie Cutter: Hi Sandy! Aww so cute :) Thanks for thinking of me ♥ I haven't seen Honokaa Boy but I will look it up :) Hopefully I'll get around to posting more pics of Hawaii soon, my blog needs an update! ♥Merissa.


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