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Kona’s 4th of July parade featured on Channel 54

Hawaii247.com photos by Karin Stanton

Nearly 50 floats and marching units joined the festivities as Kona marked Independence Day with a parade along Alii Drive and fireworks show from a barge in Kailua Bay. 

UPDATE, 10:55 p.m. Monday, July 6: The Kona parade will be featured on public access TV Channel 54

The following is a list of broadcast dates and times:

4 p.m. Saturday, July 11

2 p.m. Sunday, July 12

6 p.m. Tuesday, July 14

6 p.m. Thursday, July 16

4 p.m. Saturday, July 25

8 p.m. Monday, July 27

Also, this program may air as a filler on Channel 53 with no schedule.

A large and joyful crowd of spectators welcomed 46 colorful entries at the 14th annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day parade last Saturday evening.  The theme was “Celebrate Freedom!” 

Third Circuit Judge Ronald Ibarra served as Grand Marshal.  

The Independence Day parade committee announced that thanks to the generosity of 22 local businesses and organizations, the following entries have been awarded certificates, plaques, or small cash prizes:

Non-profit Entries

Floats: 

First:  Pohakuloa Training Area

Second: Hospice of Kona

Third:   County of Hawaii

Marching:

First:   Camp Tawara Detachment #1255

Second:  Life Care Center of Kona

Third: U.S. Marine Corps

Patriotic: 

First:  Kona Vet Center – Kona VA Clinic

Second:  Disabled American Veterans

Third: Hawaii Army National Guard 

Commercial & Political Entries

Patriotic: 

First: Dolphin Journeys

Second:  K-mart

Third: Target

All Entries:

Best Use of Theme:  Big Island Tea Party

Best Crowd Pleaser:  United States Marine Corps

Judges’ Special Award:  Red Light Taxi

Winners may pick up their awards at the mayor’s new Kona side office in the Kona Center, 75-5722 Hanama Place, Suite 102, across Hanama Place from Big Island Grill, beginning Thursday, July 9.  

Questions may be directed to committee member Barbara Kossow at 327-3602.  

For more information about both Independence Day and Christmas parades, and photos of the parades, go online to www.konaparades.com.

 

The JROTC color guard from Kealakehe High School.

The JROTC color guard from Kealakehe High School.

Hibiscus Jam and a very patriotic driver.

Hibiscus Jam and a very patriotic driver.

Getting a cool ride and sharing the candy.

Getting a cool ride and sharing the candy.

Korean War Veterans - West Hawaii Chapter 279

Korean War Veterans - West Hawaii Chapter 279

The McCord family, visiting from California, dressed for the occasion.

The McCord family, visiting from California, dressed for the occasion.

Hawaii heroes

Hawaii heroes

The formation of Marines drew a standing ovation along the parade route.

This formation of Marines drew a standing ovation along the parade route.

The message of the day.

The message of the day.

Photos below special to Hawaii247.com by Bobby Command

Parade announcers Eddie O and Danny Jesser from radio station LAVA 105.3

Parade announcers Eddie O and Danny Jesser from radio station LAVA 105.3

Kona Little League players enjoyed their big rig ride.

Kona Coast Little League players enjoyed their big rig ride.

Mayor Billy Kenoi greets parade watchers along Alii Drive.

Mayor Billy Kenoi greets parade watchers along Alii Drive.

A large and joyful crowd of spectators welcomed 46 colorful entries at the fourteenth annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day parade last Saturday evening. The theme was “Celebrate Freedom!”.

Third Circuit District Court Judge Ronald Ibarra served as Grand Marshal. The Independence Day parade committee announced that thanks to the generosity of 22 different local businesses and organizations, the following entries have been awarded certificates, plaques, or small cash prizes:

Non-profit Entries Floats:
First: Pohakuloa Training Area
Second: Hospice of Kona
Third: County of Hawaii

Marching:
First: Camp Tawara Detachment #1255
Second: Life Care Center of Kona
Third: United States Marine Corps

Patriotic:
First: Kona Vet Center – Kona VA Clinic
Second: Disabled American Veterans
Third: Hawaii Army National Guard

Commercial & Political Entries Patriotic:
First: Dolphin Journeys
Second: Kmart
Third: Target

All Entries:
Best Use of Theme: Big Island Tea Party
Best Crowd Pleaser: United States Marine Corps
Judges’ Special Award: Red Light Taxi

Winners may pick up their awards at the Mayor’s new Kona side office in the Kona Center, 75-5722 Hanama Place, Suite 102, Kailua-Kona, across Hanama Place from Big Island Grill, beginning Thursday, July 9. Questions may be directed to committee member Barbara Kossow at 327-3602. For more information about both Independence Day and Christmas parades, and photos of the parades, go online to www.konaparades.com.

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