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HPU musically No. 1 at Kailua Parade

by Kalamalama staff

HPU took a number of awards at this year’s Kailua 4th of July parade – called the best ever by parade organizers. The University won First Place honors in two categories: Best Live Music Unit and Best School Band. HPU also won Third Place for Best Overall.

More than 100 units participated in this popular 55th annual parade which was begun by the American Legion to honor retiring World War II veterans.

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Some of the many new entries this year included the Honolulu Mounted police unit, the U.S.S. Missouri battleship, the Baton Twirlers of the United States, Free Vietnam Veterans, Pinky’s Bar and Grill, PFLAG Oahu, Families Improving Education, Sunshine School, Windward Y Moms, Daughters of the Nile, Hawai‘i Equestrian and Trail Association, Swingin’ Tradewinds Jass Band, Foodland Super Market, Windward Episcopalians, Oahu Community Recycling, and BookEnds.

Compared to last year, 20 more units participated in this year’s parade, and spectators agreed that the caliber, variety and enthusiasm of this year’s participants were unparalleled. Festivities continued after the parade with most Kailuans venturing to the beach for the afternoon and then returning at dusk to watch the Airshow which featured two windward residents: Hank Bruckner and Clint Churchill. The day was topped off with an exciting fireworks display produced by Hawai‘i Explosives and Pyrotechnics.

Sponsors for this year’s event were Ameron, Foodland, Hardware Hawai‘i, Kaneohe Ranch, McKenna Windward Motorcars, and Papa John’s Pizza.

Parade Chairman Al Schafer extended his thanks to all committee members and participants for making the parade a huge success, and congratulated the following organizations for being named the best entries of this year’s parade:

Best Car Club
1st Place MG Club of Hawai'i
2nd Place Corvette Club of Hawai'i
3rd Place Experimental Aircraft Association
Best Clown Unit
1st Place Clowns of Aloha
2nd Place Paradise Clowns
Best Commercial Unit
1st Place Hardware Hawai'i
2nd Place Windward Mall
3rd Place Bishaw's Academy of Tae Kwon Do
Best Dancing Unit
1st Place Pali Twirler's Square Dance Club
2nd Place Jump Hawai'i 2001
Best Small Float
1st Place American Cancer Society
2nd Place Hawai'i Baha'i Community
3rd Place Faith Baptist Chrch
Best Jr. Marching Unit
1st Place Kokokahi Gymnastics Team
2nd Place BookEnds
3rd Place Hawaiian Island Twisters Gymnastics
Best Sr. Marching Unit
1st Place Celtic Pipes & Drums of Hawai'i
2nd Place Pearl City Elks Club
3rd Place Knights of Columbus
Best Live Music Unit
1st Place Hawai'i Pacific University Band
2nd Place Enchanted Lake Elementary Ensemble
3rd Place Celtic Pipes & Drums of Hawai'i
Best School Band
1st Place Hawai'i Pacific University Band
Best Large Float
1st Place Castle Medical Center
2nd Place Enchanted Lake Elementary Ensemble
3rd Place Hardware Hawai'i
Best Use of Theme
1st Place Enchanted Lake Elementary Ensemble
2nd Place Castle Medical Center
3rd Place Hardware Hawai'i
Best Overall
1st Place Hardware Hawai'i
2nd Place Enchanted Lake Elementary Ensemble
3rd Place Hawai'i Pacific University Band


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