City prepares special lei for Aloha Festivals Floral Parade

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The Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts is preparing a special lei for Saturday’s 70th annual Aloha Festivals Floral Parade.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell will be riding horseback as a paniola, and the lei will adorn his horse, Misty.

“We went gathering on the Fasi grounds, in people’s yards, in the mountains. We spent no money at all. We just truly gathered,” said the office’s executive director, Misty Kelai. “Normally I just sew a simple plumeria lei, his favorite, but this year we’re bringing it big time for the 70th annual.”

Kelai says Misty, who belongs to Lori Kahikina, director of the city Department of Environmental Services, enjoys getting dolled up. “Her tail perks up and she gets very sassy,” Kelai said with a laugh.

More than 50 groups are participating this year, including the 2016 Aloha Festivals Royal Court, hula hālau, marching bands, color guards, pā‘ū rider units, floral floats and decorated vehicles.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. at the intersection of Ala Moana Boulevard and Kamakee Street, proceeds along Ala Moana Boulevard, continues onto Kalakaua Avenue through Waikiki, and ends at Kapiolani Park.

Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue will be closed. Motorists near Ala Moana and into Waikiki should expect delays and are advised to use alternate routes.

Roads will reopen at the discretion of the Honolulu Police Department.

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