Honolulu City Lights Parade

The Honolulu City Lights electric light parade has become an annual tradition for our family and we enjoyed it again this year.  It’s always on a Saturday night, probably the first one in December but I’d have to check my calendars from previous years to be sure.  Lots of people go early and enjoy the rides and activities around Honolulu Hale but we prefer to watch the parade as it comes through Chinatown.  It’s less crowded there and getting in and out and finding parking is pretty easy to do.

Our kids enjoyed dancing along to the Christmas music as various bands marched by and they loved getting candy that was passed out by parade participants.  Our son remembered this from last year and asked that we take a bag to put his stash in.  During the parade he decided the candy bag should sit back next to me rather than by him, so the people passing out the candy would think he didn’t have any and would be sure to give him some.  As soon as he’d get a piece of candy he’d turn around and toss it to me for safe-keeping in his bag.  Our daughter’s technique was to eat as much candy during the parade as she could and she may or may not have eaten candy stolen from the big kids she was sitting with in addition to her own.

There were some nice floats in the parade but my favorites were the utility vehicles bedecked in lights.  Have you ever seen such a nice looking dump truck?

And look at this fancy sewer pumping truck.  
I didn’t get a picture of the Handi-Van that was tripped out to look like a low-rider, complete with a spoiler on the back, but it was one of my other favorites.
Hope your holidays are going well.  Kids out of school yet?  My boy has a day and a half left before his Christmas break begins.

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Jeneé December 17, 2010 at 7:03 am

Its so funny for me to see your photos with people walking in shorts and also have short sleeves. We went to out light parade in out snow gear :) fun traditions!!

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Honolulu City Lights Parade


Last night we went and watched the Electric Light Parade downtown. A group of us met up in Chinatown and watched the parade there. This was our girl’s first parade and she was very wide-eyed, especially at the beginning. She noticed that in addition to waving , lots of people were flashing the shaka and it was cute to watch her try to figure out how to do that herself. She loved eating the candy they passed out and by the end her white shirt was dotted with sticky sugary sweets in multiple colors.

Speaking of candy, our boy’s collection rivaled his Halloween haul. You can see his stash behind him on the blanket. He had even more by the time the parade was over!
My favorite part of the parade were all the bands playing Christmas music. There’s just something about live music! The bands were dressed in everything from PJs to marching uniforms. I liked the aloha shirts and Santa hats this band was dressed in.

No Christmas parade would be complete without jolly old St. Nick and he and Mrs. Clause were on the last float, wishing everyone a Mele Kalikimaka.
Seemed like the parade stopped a lot more this year than it did last year, and there weren’t that many actual floats, mostly just decorated vehicles, but we still had a great time and it got us in the Christmas spirit!

PS: Do blog posts have PSes? Well, this one does! A thank you to the hostess at Murphy’s who let my boy use their restroom. I just wouldn’t have felt right about letting him pee on the street corner.
This blog is linked to the Moms’ 30-minute Blog Challenge over at Steady Mom. It actually took me 35 minutes to write this, but I had at least 5 minutes of interruptions by my boy who was supposed to be having rest time in his room, so I think this post still qualifies.

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Karla December 8, 2009 at 4:40 am

Not only is Murphy's run by the very nice Murphys, but Mrs. Murphy makes fantastic pie on Fridays.

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Kim & Dave December 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Isn't Christmastime fun? Thanks for sharing a glimpse into yours!! That bus was cool!

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Kim & Dave December 8, 2009 at 1:40 pm

I don't know if you got my last comment or not-but I thought that bus was cool!

My favorite part of any parade is the bands!

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6riddles December 8, 2009 at 3:07 pm

I loved the bus! Great to see festivities in another part of the world. Here in Northwest Ohio we're happy about snow.

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Jenee December 11, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Funny to see people in short sleeve shirts and things. We went to our light parade in our snow clothes! :)

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