Today, I will highlight two of the special Thanksgiving events that will be celebrated in Honolulu this week.
Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and reflect on the many things that each of us can be thankful for. In the Aloha spirit, we will spend the day with our families followed by Thanksgiving festivities on Friday.
The Waikiki Holiday Parade is a very special event here in Honolulu . The Parade places a special focus on the survivors of Pearl Harbor . The parade hosts local marching bands as well as bands from the mainland. Other participants will include military units, service bands local entertainers, dignitaries and officials.
The bands traveling from the mainland to Oahu to perform in the Waikiki Holiday Parade are: Wyoming All-State High School Marching Band, Lakota East High School from Cincinnati , OH and the Evans High School from Evans , GA.
The Waikiki Holiday Parade will begin its march along the Kalakaua Avenue . The torch-lit route is 1.5 miles along our beautiful shoreline starting a Fort DeRussy and ending at Kapiolani Park . Thousands of local residents and visitors to Oahu watch the parade each year.
A Holiday Concert Series will be performed this Friday at the Kahala Mall. The Honolulu Boy Choir will perform at 11 am. The Ka Hale I o Kahala Halau Hula, with Kumu Hula Leimomi Maldonado will perform at 1 pm. There will also be performances on Saturday and Sunday. The concerts are open to the public and are free. Sanders Piano, Mountain Apple Records, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers are the sponsors of this special event.
The Salvation Army Angel Tree will be on display at the mall. Kahala Mall encourages everyone to stop by the Angel Tree and share you blessings with the needy children and senior citizens of Hawaii .
This year, despite the negative press, there is so much that each of us can be thankful for in our lives. Today, I am thankful to live in paradise and all the beauty I am surrounded by on a daily basis.
Note: Boy Choir is the correct name, "Boy" rather than "Boys" was chosen to emphasis the that the choir strives to sing in a unified voice rather than a choir of many voices.