August 2, 2019||Big Island Communities: Events

Happy 130th Birthday to Honoka’a School

Honoka‘a School celebrated its 130th birthday on the weekend of July 19-21 in style!

On Friday, there was a block party on Mamane Street in downtown historic Honoka’a with entertainment by talented alumni musicians, singers and music teacher Gary Washburn (who has won a Grammy Music Educator Award) and his students. Aerial acrobats made an appearance and line dancers and ballroom dancers danced on the street. The town was rocking!

On Saturday, there was a parade of dozens of floats with alumni from classes of many years—the first to lead the parade was a 99-year-old alumnus and our former governor, John Waihee, was cheered as he walked along the route. The main street was lined with spectators who whooped and hollered, cheering on the participants. After the parade, the football field was filled with arts and crafts booths and entertainment throughout the afternoon. It was the place to reconnect with former schoolmates and share memories. A lu’au and hula performance followed. On Sunday, there were class reunions and get-togethers. The event was a great success and great fun. We are lucky to live in such a caring, connected community!

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