The 4th of July is almost here. Makawao is always the place to be on the 4th.
Our Hawaiian rodeo starts on Friday afternoon, and continues throughout the weekend.
I often have rodeo contestants stay at the b&b for this holiday. Paniolo come from off island and the mainland to test their skills and try their luck.
The greatest Hawaiian-style parade, you have ever had the pleasure of seeing, starts Sat morning at 9 a.m. Parade festivities being with a stick-horse race up Baldwin Ave, for the keiki.
Seeing the horses with their beautiful lei and braided manes and tails prancing down the street is a highlight!
The regal pa'u riders are always my favorite. Women of Old Hawaii preferred riding their mounts astride rather than side saddle. They wore long skirts (pa'u), crowned with beautiful flowers.
Everybody enjoys seeing these striking women ride into town.
Another big crowd-pleaser is the Maui Isle Pipe Band. The soulful bagpipes can be heard from a few blocks away, and I always look forward to them.
The strong Celtic-Hawaiian connection is evident in the handsome kilted bagpipers.
I can do without all the smiley waving politicians riding in convertibles, however. They do as much for me as the smelly and loud semi trucks that dominate the end of the parade.
When they show up, I start the walk home.
All in all, the 4th is a good time, and I am looking forward to it. So, come on upcountry and have yourself a great weekend.
I am posting a few nice photos of previous parades. Enjoy.
Be sure to stop into the Viewpoints Gallery in Makawao to see all the amazing art from "Painting a Volcano from Crater to Coast." The show opens on the 4th of July after the Makawao "Quick Draw."
Aloha...see you upcountry!