PARADE TO HONOR AARON MAHI, JOHN RIGGLE
AS A NOD TO HAWAIIAN MARCHING BAND MUSIC
HONOLULU �" The 103rd Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade, celebrates Hawaiian marching band music with the theme: Ku'upau a Kanile'a Nā Mele Kūpuna - Play Without Restraint Until the Songs of Our Ancestors Resound Joyously! Set for Saturday, June 8, the event will honor parade Grand Marshals, Aaron David Mahi and John Riggle, both of whom have played an instrumental role in Hawai‘i’s marching band scene.
From 1981 until 2005, Mahi held the position of Bandmaster of the Royal Hawaiian Band, the only full-time municipal band in the nation. Under his conducting, members marched in hundreds of parades across the islands, performed at many schools and parks, in addition to stage time at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. A 1971 graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama (KSK), Mahi also served as conductor of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra from 1988 through 1995.
A native of California, Riggle taught high school band at KSK from 1977 until retiring in 2009. During his tenure at KSK, Riggle developed the Kamehameha Schools Warrior Marching Band and Color Guard into one of the most successful programs in the United States. He returned to KSK as temporary band director from 2012-2013, leading students to the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Parade for President Barack Obama, before completing two years as band director at Kailua High School. Riggle currently serves as managing director for Nā Koa Ali‘i �" Hawai‘i All state Marching Band.
As in year’s past, the parade will take a route beginning at King Street fronting ‘Iolani Palace. Participants will then head down Punchbowl Street, before making a left on to Ala Moana Boulevard and eventually Kalākaua Avenue. The parade comes to a finish at Monsarrat Avenue and Queen Kapi‘olani Park. Streets will begin to close in Downtown Honolulu at 7:30 a.m., with closures coinciding as the Parade moves along the route, several blocks before its approach.
The patience and consideration by residents, retail establishments, and the general public along the parade route during this process is greatly appreciated. While parade organizers and volunteers work to ensure a timely delivery, congestion in the area can be expected during the course of the event.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes and allow for extra driving time in areas near the event. Please refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.
Following the parade, which is expected to reach Kapiolani Park around 11:30 am the public is invited to enjoy live music, food and more at the King Kamehameha Celebration Ho‘olaule‘a at Hawaii Pacific University at Aloha Tower from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
This year marks the 147th Annual King Kamehameha Day holiday with other festivities across the islands. On O‘ahu, the annual celebration of King Kamehameha begins with the Lei Draping Ceremony on Friday, June 7, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. fronting Ali‘iōlani Hale. For more information and full list of upcoming King Kamehameha Celebration events please visit www.hawaii.com/kamehamehaday.
Saturday, 08 June, 2019
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