Pearl City High School marching band to perform at Chicago holiday parade

(Courtesy Pearl City High School Marching Band)

The Pearl City High School Chargers Marching Band announced Friday it will perform at the 81st McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade on Thanksgiving Day in downtown Chicago.

The parade is the second largest to the annual Macy’s parade in New York City, which the marching band has participated in the past, as well as the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.

“We look forward to bringing the talent of our hardworking high school students to the national stage, and hope that our family and friends back at home join us by watching us live on the online broadcast,” said bands director Chad Kamei.

Due to the four-hour difference between Chicago and Hawaii, the parade will take place from 4-7 a.m. Hawaii time Nov. 27 and be available online at

As the only marching band in the parade representing the state of Hawaii, the Chargers will perform two selections, including the “Hawaiian War Chant” and “Mele Kelikimaka.” In addition to roughly 100 participating high school students, the traveling group will include Kamei, high school principal Aaron Tominaga, and hula dancers from Halau Hula Olana.

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