Head out to Waimea town this Saturday, December 18th to view the 17th annual Waimea Lighted Christmas parade. Waimea town has hosted this parade since 1994, which begins at Waimea Canyon Park, goes down Kaumualii Highway to Ala Wai Road, then turns mauka to Waimea Road, ending at the Hofgaard Park in the center of town.
Their original parade consisted of a small collection of lighted fishing boats from Kekaha and Waimea, a few bicycles, a tractor, fire truck, and the mayor. It has grown every year since then culminating last year with 35 floats, boats, bands, and walking units. The mayor and the fire truck still lead the parade.
Organizers suggest getting there early and parking on the Kekaha side of town. Here are their tips on parking:
Between 3:00 & 5:00pm, with parking at either the Pioneer Seed or Russian Fort parking lots to the east of Waimea, and at the Waimea Sugar Mill, Waimea Technology & Visitors Center Field 14 to the west end of town, or near the Waimea High School or Waimea Pier, in the middle of town, should you arrive before 4:00pm. There will be absolutely no parking allowed, along Kaumualii Highway, after 4:00 pm.
It is a brilliant wonderland of color and spirit. The event is free and visitors are welcome to enjoy this colorful community event.
The parade begins around 6:00 p.m., dusk.
See you there!