Many long-time Hawaii Kai residents can remember lining up along Lunalilo Home Road to watch the annual Christmas parade almost 30 years ago. Although we haven’t been able to pinpoint the first year of the parade and according to the Lions Club, there were a few years where the parade didn’t happen until they took over coordination, we do know that those great memories have been passed on for generations and Koko Marina Center is proud to sponsor the parade so that the tradition can continue.
On Saturday, November 30, the parade will begin at the corner of Hawaii Kai Drive and Lunalilo Home Road at 10:00 am. You’ll probably see people you know marching in the parade with kids from community schools, girl and boy scout troops and high school marching bands from Kaiser and McKinley. We will even have the celebrated Kaiser football team along with the cheerleaders. And let’s not forget our four-legged friends from Hui Ilio followed by some classic cars and of course Santa Claus in one of his first appearances of the holidays!
Then onto another tradition….the Koko Marina Carnival in the Marina Courtyard with rides for the younger kids. Since this is a fundraiser for Toys for Tots, attendees are asked to donate a new unwrapped toy to enjoy the rides for free (one toy per person). This year rides will include the holiday train, lil’ swing, mini ferris wheel and keiki carousel.
Santa Claus will ride in through the marina at 11:30 am on a speed boat courtesy of Hawaii Water Sports Center. Everyone is welcome to visit with Santa and take their own photos or professional photos will also be available for purchase.
Plan for an entire day of fun with a keiki hula performance, balloon art and face painting until 1 pm. Visit the KRATER radio tent and pick up one of Koko Marina’s 50th Anniversary commemorative pins and receive merchant discounts throughout the center so you can shop and dine for less!