Urgent Advisories & Town Meeting Schedule 2017

2017 WCA TOWN MEETING SCHEDULE: 5:15-7 p.m., Thursdays - usually in Waimea School Cafeteria (unless notified):

Nov. 2 - Potluck mahalo gathering for our First Responders
December (often cancelled due to Christmas parade sponsorship so TBD)

Jan. 4, 2018

Feb. 1, 2018

March 1, 2018

2017 Waimea Christmas Parade

57th ANNUAL WAIMEA CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT PARADE: Sat., Dec. 2, 2017 – 5:30-6:45 p.m. 

Downloadable application below! 

This is a 56-year-old Waimea tradition to celebrate the approaching holidays and remind ourselves to be thankful for all we have…and to reach out and support everyone in the community — no one left behind — during this season of love and aloha!  

2017 Theme:  Truckers Light The Town, honoring our beloved truckers who are always a featured part of the parade! 

Everyone is invited to participate — as a spectator or parade entrant!  Only two rules:  (1) Be aware and respectful of everyone’s safety and well-being, and (2) “leave no footprints behind” – pick up trash even if it’s not your own…and be careful not to damage surroundings – plants & trees, irrigation (don’t drive/park on landscaped areas) and buildings or other improvements!  Also, please support the Big Island Giving Tree by making a donation to our BIGT Bucket Brigade Blue Crew just prior to the start of the parade.  The BIGT Bucket Brigade Blue Crew volunteers will be canvassing spectators asking for “small change to make big change”…to be sure no one in our community is forgotten this holiday season.  Your generosity is appreciated.  Mahalo! 

2017 Planning Meetings:

8:30-10 a.m., Wednesdays:

  • October 11, 2017 @ Historic Spencer House Conference Room
  • November 1 & 29 (final meetings)

Questions:  Lani Olsen-Chong (936-0670) 

Email: lolsen@hawaii.rr.com 

2017 Parade Packet

Please download all four documents: 

2017 Waimea Christmas Parade_Rules FINAL

2017 Waimea Christmas Parade_Application_FINAL

2017 Waimea Christmas Parade_Liability_Waiver FINAL

2017 Waimea Christmas Parade_Narrative FINAL 


Craft Fairs on Parade Day in Waimea

Parker Ranch Center:  Email Frank Zablan re: availability, dates, times, fees:  fzablan@wilkow.com

HAWAI’I-MADE ‘CRAFTY HANDS & GIFTS, TOO!’:  9 a.m.– 4 p.m., Sat., Dec. 2, 2017.  Thelma Parker Gym.  Featuring locally made items by dozens of island artisans.  Free and includes plate lunches and other food, and music, plus lucky number drawings throughout the day. Attendees are urged to bring and donate a canned or non-perishable food item to the craft fair to be given to the Annunciation Food Pantry.  Info: Benita Salazar (960-9944).


Traffic Advisory – Road Closure: 5:30-6:45 p.m. Expect traffic delays during the parade as only emergency vehicles will be able to pass through town center.  

2016 Parade’s ‘Starlight Christmas’ Theme Salutes Waimea’s Celestial Navigation Heritage and Future

pwo-navigator-shorty-bertelmannLeading this year’s 56th Annual Waimea Christmas Parade will be a large entourage of Waimea youth from virtually all Waimea schools sharing a chant, “Malana Mai Ka’u,” written by Queen Emma, that likens Hawai’i Island to a canoe.  The youth cohort, wearing the uniform of their respective school, will be swarming around this year’s Grand Marshall, PWO Navigator Milton “Shorty” Bertelmann of Waimea.

“Shorty” was chosen this year’s Grand Marshall because this year’s theme is “Starlight Christmas” – intended to honor this community’s celestial navigation past, present and future, and because of his decades of work to master and help perpetuate the celestial navigation skills of ancient Polynesian voyagers.

“Shorty” apprenticed for 32 years with the late revered Polynesian navigator, Papa Mau Piailug from Satawal, starting in 1975 on the Hokule’a.  Later, he helped co-found Na Kalai Wa’a with Waimea’s voyaging ‘ohana and has served as navigator, captain and educational leader on numerous voyages on the Hokule’a and Makali’i.  He also supervised building of the Alingano Maisu voyaging canoe that was gifted by Na Kalai Wa’a to Papa Mau.

“Shorty” is currently President of Na Kalai Wa’a.

But there’s more. Coinciding with parade weekend is an annual meeting here in Waimea – hosted by Na Kalai Wa’a – of the entire Hawaiʻi waʻa community leadership representing about nine canoes around the state.  All have been invited to join “Shorty” in the parade.  While participation is voluntary, parade organizers expect an impressive representation of the leaders of the statewide voyaging community to join in.

Parade spectators who know the “Malana Mai Ka’u” chant – and many do because of widespread interest in Hokule’a’s ongoing worldwide voyage and because most schools have taught the chant to students – these individuals are invited to join in and chant along with the students walking with the Grand Marshall.  In so doing, the parade will also honor the worldwide voyage’s “Malama Honua” theme that advocates caring for Mother Earth.

Part of caring for our planet includes being sure no one is forgotten.  Thus, as has become a tradition for Waimea’s Christmas Parade, the event also supports Big Island Giving Tree’s outreach programs to be sure the community’s children, kupuna (seniors) and others facing difficult times are remembered during the holidays. Just before the start of the parade, a Big Island Giving Tree Bucket Brigade Blue Crew will canvas spectators for donations.  BIGT is an all-volunteer organization so every penny donated goes to families, kupuna and others in need in this community.

There’s still time to enter what is Hawai’i’s second oldest Christmas parade, and it will again include dozens of units representing Waimea keiki to kupuna including churches, schools, youth groups, community organizations, farms, ranches and businesses, plus a huge brigade of festively lighted trucks. As always, Santa has promised to again ride in our parade and afterwards, visit with keiki at Parker Ranch Center’s Fireside Food Court.

Public Safety & Respecting the ‘Aina: Please watch keiki and stay on the curb – emergency vehicles may need to pass.  Absolutely no candy throwing.  Please respect the ‘aina – don’t park on landscaped areas at hospital & shopping centers, pick up rubbish and no tents on private property except for permitted food booths.

Lighted Trucks & Santa Float: These are “signatures” of our Waimea parade.  We love our truckers but they can be noisy!  If noise is difficult for you or for infants, find a spot near the Church Row or Keck narrator stations; trucks are asked not to blow horns until they pass the hospital. Mahalo to NHCH staff and Brailey Pastorino for our annual Santa float!

Parade Route & Narrator Stations: The parade will begin on the east (Hilo) end of historic Church Row Park and will turn right onto Mamalahoa Highway thru town center, then turn right onto Lindsey Road at the main intersection, passing Parker School to disband in Waimea Park.  There will be 10 narrator stations:

  • Starting Line – East/Hilo end of Church Row Park (sponsored by New Hope Church)
  • Soccer Field East of hospital’s Emergency Entrance (sponsored by HPA)
  • Bottom (West end) of Church Row Park (sponsored by Voyage Church Waimea)
  • W.M. Keck Observatory (sponsored by Keck)
  • Kamuela Ace Hardware (sponsored by Kamuela Ace Hardware)
  • Radio Shack (sponsored by Puna Plantation Hawai’i)
  • Hui Malama building – formerly Waimea Community Education (sponsored by West Hawai’i Concrete)
  • Bank of Hawaii Corner (sponsored by Parker Ranch Center)
  • Shell Gas Station (sponsored by Lex Brodie & First Hawaiian Bank)
  • Parker School’s historic Barbara Hall Lanai (sponsored by Parker School)

The Big Island Giving Tree’s Bucket Brigade Blue Crew: Waimea’s Christmas parade both welcomes the season and encourages community generosity to be sure no one is left out, so we urge everyone’s support of The Big Island Giving Tree. Suggested contributions include a check (payable to The Big Island Giving Tree – fully tax deductible!), cash or a gift card from KTA, Foodland, Longs, Costco, Wal-Mart or local gas stations. BIGT now serves our community year-round and donations are welcome throughout the year.  All parade entries are required to contribute and also a Blue Crew Brigade of volunteers will canvas spectators along the parade route for BIGT donations beginning about 5:15 p.m.  Please be generous to support our kupuna and families who have experienced hardship.  Absolutely no other organizations are permitted to collect donations along the parade route. Watch for the Blue Crew with their buckets!  Every penny given to BIGT is used to help individuals and families – all involved in the program are volunteers.  For more about BIGT, go to: www.thebigislandgivingtree.com

Luas: Portaluas will be placed along the parade route.  On parade day, North Hawai’i Community Hospital is unable to provide public restrooms.

SPONSORS & EVENT PARTNERS:  Waimea Community Association, Waimea Center, Puna Plantation Hawai’i, Ltd., KTA SuperStores, Rotary Club of North Hawai’i, Rotary International, Kamuela Ace Hardware, Parker Ranch Center, West Hawai’i Concrete, Lex Brodie, First Hawaiian Bank, Redeeming Light International, Inc., dba The Big Island Giving Tree, Waimea’s beloved truckers, Around The Clock, North Hawai’i Community Hospital, Big Island Portables, Waimea Middle School, Parker School, BOH as Trustee of the Richard Smart Article 20 Trust, Mana Christian ‘Ohana, New Hope Christian Fellowship, W.M. Keck Observatory, Canada-France-Hawai’i Telescope, Costco-Kona, Waimea Instant Printing, S&R Trucking, and the County of Hawai’i (Department of Parks & Recreation & South Kohala Community Policing).




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