Finding a parking spot for the King Kamehameha Parade in Kona was a big concern but my friend, Linda, who is from Roseville, California, said she would drive. She knew a place to park. Turns out it was a lot I had parked in a couple of years ago where the Kailua Village Artists store is located. And there is a cafe there, the Frenchman's Café, where we stopped for a wonderfully fantastic brunch.
A couple more friends joined us, Laura and Erin, and now we had a foursome to attend the parade.
Laura laughed when we told her how much it cost to park. Four hours = $33.00. I've never seen such high rates to park anywhere except maybe New York. Yowza. Then she told us a secret. According to other locals, those parking lots are run by out-of-state corporations who do not report violators to the state of Hawaii. You don't have to enter a ticket to leave the parking lot. You just put the receipt on your dash, and supposedly somebody comes around to check. But according to Laura, they don't. When you think about it, who could possibly chase down all of those tourists driving rental cars?
The photo above is the Pa'u rider Queen Ruby. Tradition is you have to be a princess at least 8 times, representing each of the 8 islands to become Queen.
You can read more and enjoy a ton more pictures in my personal blog today at this link: Photos of the King Kamehameha Parade in Kailua-Kona.