hilo: Merrie Monarch Parade
- 04/05/08 01:39 PM
Today's Merrie Monarch Parade was great fun. The weather cooperated (a little rain before to cool things down). You gotta love a town where the parade has the mayor walking down the street in a pair of jeans and waving to everyone.
See a lot more photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/johndirgo/ There were Pa'u riders representing each of the islands (including Ni'ihau) in their ceremonial colors. Even the horses were adorned for the event. A number of high schools bands, various county departments and office, the police, firefighters, etc. Of course, several halau were there dancing on their floats and musicians playing. It took over (7 comments)
hilo: Historic Downtown Hilo
- 03/28/08 10:15 AM
The Polynesians arrived in the Hawai'i sometime after about 1100 A.C. They are believed to have encountered and settled first on the Big Island. They eventually inhabited the area now known as Hilo where they farmed and fished. Oral histories show that there was trading of goods as well. Some reports put the native “pre-contact” (prior to discovery of Hawai'i by the western world) population as larger than the current population.
In those times, Hilo was known for its rich land and thriving waterways which supported the population of native Hawaiians. The rivers rivers, streams, lands and coastline are well (7 comments)