Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities and events

From 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Honolulu

Martin Luther King Jr. Day got off to a festive start Monday with an annual parade through Ala Moana and Waikiki.

It began at Magic Island, traveled down Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue, and ended at Kapiolani Park.

The event, organized by the Hawaii Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition, also featured a unity rally celebration with food, community booths and entertainment.

Meanwhile, more than a thousand Kaiser Permanente employees and their families took part in the company’s annual Day of Service.

The day was part of a nationwide tradition started in honor of Dr. King’s legacy.

Volunteers partner with Papahana Kuaola, Kakoo Oiwi and Paepae O Heeia to restore mountain, wetland and fishpond sites within Heeia Ahupuaa in Kaneohe.
Volunteers partner with Papahana Kuaola, Kakoo Oiwi and Paepae O Heeia to restore mountain, wetland and fishpond sites within Heeia Ahupuaa in Kaneohe.

Volunteers on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island participated in eight service projects to help with education, land restoration and cultural preservation.

“We feel privileged to be supporting efforts that preserve and benefit the cultural health and wellness of our own communities here in Hawaii,” said Geoffrey Sewell, M.D., president and executive medical director of Hawaii Permanente Medical Group.

More snapshots from the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade below:

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