A Christmas parade in Hawaii






A Christmas parade in Hawaii

The parade is beginning



A Christmas parade in Hawaii

Christmas parades are popular in Hawaii, in fact almost every community throughout the islands will sponsor a local holiday parade with lots of local faces, politicians and civic members of the community being present and sharing the holiday cheer to the crowds. It’s a lot of fun seeing many friends and family take part at the parade and greet neighbors and associates along the parade route.

The Christmas holiday parade in Pahoa is just one of those parades I love to see because it is certainly atypical of the type of parade you would normally see during the holidays. It’s that spirit of live and let live, diversity and acceptance that makes this one of the most zany if not colorful parades throughout the islands.




The biker contingent is here with their Harleys

The biker contingent is here with their Harleys
Of course you will see the typical Christmas processions like the Harley biker groups that love to start the parade and blast their engines so everyone hears the loud rumbles.  Then there’s the local politicians, bands and other local civic groups that are there to march and create visibility for their particular group.

I love seeing and photographing more of the personal and quirky things that I may come across during the procession, here are just some of my favorites at this parade:


A Christmas parade in Hawaii

I can’t believe mom dressed me up in this….


So sad, I think this kid is probably tired of having his mom dress him up every holiday for this parade, I’m sure the first time was cute, but this time it’s a little boring being on the wagon again….




A Christmas parade in Hawaii

Walking tall through Xmas









Here's the local county band

Here’s the local county band


Our local county band is in Christmas colors this morning and spreading some Christmas cheer, it’s always nice to see a group of dedicated people support a variety of parades and other civic functions around our island and show some music and Aloha.





This train doesn't need any tracks

This train doesn’t need any tracks






A Christmas parade in Hawaii

Clowning around with a serious message




I think the Hare Krishna group always participates at this holiday parade and probably only this one in all of Hawaii, shows you how diverse and tolerant people are here for sharing the Christmas spirit. Now if I only knew what the egg looking carriage that is being pulled at the parade supposed to represent, I keep forgetting to ask….

A Christmas parade in Hawaii

Hare Krishna is always here for the Xmas parade






Here's the local ukulele band

Here’s the local ukulele band


Our local marching ukulele band is now spanning all different ages and ethnic groups….it’s nice to see music being passed on to the younger generations with sharing lessons and showing how beautiful music being shared spans all generations and is wonderful to hear especially at parades.








A Christmas parade in Hawaii

Smiling for the holidays




The little wiener dogs also have a spot on this parade with the local Puna wiener dog contingent…I love the spirit of this one dog with his assisted wheel – it keeps him going the length of the parade and maybe even further down the road!


A Christmas parade in Hawaii

Even the dogs are getting in the act






A Christmas parade in Hawaii

Who’s in that big ole Cadillac?



Well what’s a holiday parade without our own Elvis driving down in a silver Cadillac convertible, thanks for making a guest appearance today Elvis, love the outfit and cool glasses.




A Christmas parade in Hawaii

Well hello, it’s Elvis






A Christmas parade in Hawaii

Salsa dancers in rainbow colors



What’s a parade without a local dance group performing some fun and campy salsa and latin routines to spice things up on the parade route.  Keep it feisty girls with your rainbow colors and sassy wigs!


A Christmas parade in Hawaii

Salsa down Pahoa town




Equestrian rides are always fun to watch, here a mother and young paniolo (rider) show us some festive xmas cheer along the parade route.


A Christmas parade in Hawaii

Equestrian riders are always colorful





A Christmas parade in Hawaii


A Christmas parade in Hawaii

Owners and pets…just love dressing for the holidays


I love watching dogs and their owners, there’s always some wonderful moments of joy and humor with pets at these parades.  I love the picture below with the child and her puppy, it’s so innocent and sweet, don’t you think?


Too cute not to lick...

Too cute not to lick…






A Christmas parade in Hawaii

Why do I always have these silly outfits?



Of course there’s always the quirky and eccentric people showing up to the parades including the chicken man biking around with his baby chickens.


A Christmas parade in Hawaii

Chickens on parade



Of course this year Santa is trying something new instead of the bright yellow fire trucks he is stylin’ in a bright red mustang with his sexy elf assistants….way to change it up this year Santa!


A Christmas parade in Hawaii


Santa’s in a supped up Mustang this year


Well that’s a quick look at how we do our Christmas parades in Hawaii….hope you enjoyed the fun tour, maybe you’ll come and see this next year? Thanks for visiting A Christmas parade in Hawaii, if you enjoyed the post, could you kindly share it with any of the social media buttons around the post, thanks so much.










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6 Responses to A Christmas parade in Hawaii

  1. muzachan January 7, 2014 at 9:03 pm #


  2. Suzanne Fluhr December 28, 2013 at 9:34 am #

    Great photos! This parade reminds me of a cross between Mardis Gras in Rio and New Orleans and the Mummers Parade on New Years day here in Philadelphia. Love the one of the annoyed child in the wagon. i have a few of our sons looking like that when they were the same age and being forced to pose. 😉

  3. travelnwrite December 28, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    I would love to attend this parade – that’s my kind of Christmas celebration. Beautiful photos, Noel!

  4. Denise December 27, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    Christmas in Hawaii???? Jealous!!!

  5. jenny@atasteoftravel December 27, 2013 at 5:39 am #

    What a fun parade Noel. You have captures some wonderful moments. The dogs are a classic…those green costumes were certainly a big hit! Best wishes for a great 2014

    • Noel December 27, 2013 at 7:15 am #

      Thanks for the comment Jenny, hope you have a wonderful New Years as well.

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