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Pahoa Holiday Parade coming up Saturday (Dec 3)

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“Makahiki” is the theme for the 26th Annual Pahoa Holiday slated for Saturday, Dec. 3.

“We wanted to highlight the Hawaiian season of focusing on the bounty of the land,” said Mainstreet Pahoa Association’s holiday parade committee chairman Henry Brazil.

Parade organizers hope entrants offer their interpretations of Makahiki, emphasizing offerings to alii, feasting, and sports, as the Hawaiians of the past did during this four-month period honoring the god Lono and the new year.

“We look forward to seeing the creativity of Puna, with the Makahiki theme,” Brazil said.
This year’s grand marshal is Nancy Kramer, an accountant in Pahoa and 10-year resident of Puna.

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Nancy is being honored for her community spirit, having served as treasurer for the Pahoa Booster Club and Mainstreet Pahoa Association, founded the Big Island Lion’s Foundation, and served as zone chair for East Hawaii Lions and auditor for Hawaii Lions District 50.

“It’s people like Nancy, who volunteer countless hours to our community, that make Puna such a great place to live,” Brazil said.

For the Pahoa parade, motorists should note that Old Government Road, the main street through the town of Pahoa, will be temporarily closed from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The road closure will be from Apa’a Street (Rubbish Dump Road) to Ka’ohe Homestead Road (the intersection leading to the Pahoa High and Intermediate School). Parade entrants should line up on Apa’a Street. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m.

Following the parade, Pahoa High and Intermediate School students will host a ho’olaule’a. Savio Realty in Pahoa Village will be the setting for free photos with Santa Claus, and Savio realtors will hold a drawing at 1 p.m., giving away a Dr. Seuss-like playhouse.

For more information about the Pahoa Holiday Parade, contact Brazil at (808) 785-5395.

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