The Sunday Traveler~Oahu’s Aloha Festival’s Floral Parade

Princess of Molokai

The week of our visit to Oahu this year was serendipitously timed for the Aloha Festivals. The festival celebrates Hawaii’s culture and traditions. We arrived on the day of the annual Waikiki Ho’olaule’a, Waikiki’s largest block party in the evening along Kalakaua Avenue, the main drag. I didn’t get many photos that first night, it was a bit chaotic and crowded, but I’ll try to intersperse a couple of those photos during the week.

The Floral Parade was on the day prior to our departure. Timing is everything. The parade is also along Kalakaua Avenue, and is a parade of equestrian riders, floats, marching bands, and music.


The costumes and flowers were incredibly beautiful. The horses quite grand.


Each of the Hawaiian Islands was represented by a princess on horseback and her court (I was only able to capture a few of them, the lead photo is that of the Princess of Molokai)

Princess of Kauai

It was a great way to start out our last day on the island, and we watched until the last riders went past


It seems there’s always something special and wonderful about Oahu.



About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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24 Responses to The Sunday Traveler~Oahu’s Aloha Festival’s Floral Parade

  1. Madhu says:

    What a memorable experience for you! You are fortunate to have timed your visit during this colourful festival.


    • Angeline M says:

      Purely coincidental, Madhu. We have never been known to really time our visits for any specific events. And so far, it seems to work for us 🙂
      Serendipity is a wonderful thing.


  2. yes wonderful, colourful warm!! Love these!


  3. ChgoJohn says:

    With such a lush climate, I can only imagine the beautiful assortment of flowers “on parade.” It must have been a real sight to see, Angeline.


  4. mihrank says:

    what a lovely and great parade – this gives more to appreciate and learn other cultures!


  5. Lady P says:

    I love the vibrant colours. The white horse with the man in the yellow shirt looks like the horse winked for the picture. I found looking at the pictures vibrant and enjoyable.


  6. jakesprinter says:

    Great occasion Angeline 🙂


  7. What a lovely parade, Angeline. So happy that you were there at the right time and could share it with us. Thank you. 🙂


  8. Boots says:

    So lucky to have witnessed that during your visit. Beautiful pictures and so colorful!


  9. frizztext says:

    I’m sure the horses enjoyed the festival too…
    I just played on my guitars a DANCE FOR HORSES:


  10. Colline says:

    I love the costumes. The colours are so vivid.


  11. Amy says:

    I really enjoyed this parade gallery, Angeline! Fabulous colors, people, floral… Thank you for taking us there. 🙂


  12. bulldog says:

    Now that I call colourful….


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