Puunene Reunion 2007 Documentary

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Na Kamehameha Commemorative Pa'u Parade in Lahaina, Maui [VIDEO]

One of my "labor of love" projects has been documenting the pa'u riders of Maui who ride in the Kamehameha Day Parade in Lahaina every year.

This year, I decided to do a top-to-bottom video of the entire parade. Grandson Jordan and I filmed, and we had a GRAND time!

I had the opportunity to watch KPOA Morning Goddess Alaka'i Paleka weave her announcer magic up at the Lahaina Pizza Co. Commentary Station. That was a treat! Alaka'i's the voice on the video. (BTW, the pizzadilla, chicken salad, and calzone at Lahaina Pizza Co. were ono!)

I pushed myself this time, committing to finishing the video within a week. Being on summer vacation does help.

So at the same hour that the pa'u riders were getting ready for the parade last week, I offer the video to all Maui pa'u riders and to anyone interested in learning about this lesser-known Hawaiian cultural experience.

(You can order the scene-selectable DVD.)

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If you want to know more about the history of pa'u riding and the Maui women riders, here's an introductory video I did several years ago:

And yes, pa'u riders, I'm still aiming for a broadcast-quality piece to celebrate pa'u and you ...