About the Waikiki Holiday Parade:
Every year, the Waikiki Holiday Parade commemorates Pearl Harbor by honoring survivors and veterans of the attacks that occurred on December 7th 1941. At the Waikiki Holiday Parade, local Hawaiian bands, marching bands from the mainland, military units, local officials, and dignitaries march down torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue - along Waikiki Beach - near our Waikiki Accommodations for a beautiful evening of pageantry and festivities.
Marchers in the Waikiki Holiday Parade show a force of solidarity that is always present in Hawaii, but the Aloha spirit of our island takes a beautiful physical form each November with this festive Holiday Parade – one of the top Things to do in Waikiki near Ambassador Hotel – A Waikiki Hotel.
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Why you should attend the Waikiki Holiday Parade:
The Waikiki Holiday Parade is always held the Friday following Thanksgiving Day, and it hosts thousands of spectators – Hawaii residents and visitors alike – who come together in a spirit unity for the holiday season. This year’s Waikiki Holiday Parade, once again, will be a wonderful show of support for our veterans - and those who lived through the Pearl Harbor attack – and it will feature some great entertainment near our Waikiki Accommodations that you’re sure to enjoy.
The bands participating in the 2014 Waikiki Holiday Parade include the Grain Valley Marching Eagles, the Carter High School Band, and marching bands from Aiea High School, Henry J. Kaiser High School, James B. Castle High School, Kalani High School, President William McKinley High School, and Punahoa Academy.
The mission of the Waikiki Holiday Parade is to educate Hawaii locals and visitors on Pearl Harbor as an important piece of U.S. History - and to preserve Polynesian culture. It also ushers in the exciting holiday season on our island. The week of the Parade is always filled with fun Oahu Events and performances. But, some consider the Waikiki Holiday Parade the highlight of the Holiday Events on Oahu.
Thousands of spectators, residents, and tourists gather together to watch this non-competitive Parade, which hosts many Pearl Harbor survivors as marchers and in vehicles. In addition to performing in the Parade, many groups take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the USS Arizona Memorial and commemorative performances in Pearl Harbor at the USS Missouri Battleship – which are 2 Waikiki Events that you should also put on your “must-attend” list when you’re looking for Things to do in Waikiki this November.
Tips for attending the Waikiki Holiday Parade:
- If you want to watch the Waikiki Holiday Parade, it begins with a warm-up and step-off from Fort DeRussy Park and ends at Queen Kapiolani Park near Ambassador Hotel – A Waikiki Hotel.
- The Parade route is approximately 1.5 miles long, and it offers the festive scenery of Waikiki Beach during the holiday season as a backdrop. Along the route, there are many twinkling lights and Honolulu Restaurants teeming with flowers – all to celebrate the holidays on Oahu. It will be hard to find a more glorious Waikiki Event for the holidays than the Waikiki Holiday Parade this November.
Location and contact information for the Waikiki Holiday Parade:
The Waikiki Holiday Parade takes place at Fort DeRussy Park | 2161 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815. Tel: 800.331.8579.