Stop and Smell the Plumerias: the Royal Court Investiture & Floral Parade is Back! Aloha Festivals 2022
If you have a trip to Hawaiʻi planned for September, you’re in for a treat. Cultural festivities abound during the month-long, state-wide celebration of the Aloha Festivals, the largest of its kind in America.
Aloha Festivals presents a vibrant display of the aloha spirit and Hawaiʻi’s most cherished traditions in three signature events throughout September. There’s the popular block party, Hoʻolauleʻa, which you can read more about here. You’ll also want to make sure to catch the magnificent Floral Parade and the unforgettable Royal Court ceremonies.
Sept. 10, 2022 4 - 6 p.m.
The Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony is a traditional opening to Aloha Festivals. Watch as the newly-minted Royal Court dons colorful traditional cloaks, helmets, head feather lei, and other symbols of the highest ranking aliʻi (ruling chiefs) in a spectacular display modeled after the royal ceremonies of ancient Hawaiʻi. The Royal Court Investiture will be held on the grounds of Helumoa at The Royal Hawaiian’s Coconut Grove, the historic home of Princess Pauahi. From there, guests will follow the procession to The Royal Hawaiian Center’s Royal Grove, where traditional hula and musical performances take center stage. See details.
Sept. 24, 2022 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The 74th Annual Floral Parade marks the end of the Aloha Festivals, held every year on the last Saturday of September. Parade floats are intricately decorated with colorful, fresh flowers that make for a breathtaking scene. Men and women on horseback will showcase the traditional art of paʻu riding, which shows off elegantly-adorned skirts you don’t often see in the equestrian scene. Marching bands, hula dancers, and civic leaders are also part of the festivities, displaying the aloha spirit of the islands.
The fragrant procession begins at Ala Moana Park at 9 a.m. and continues south on Kalakaua Avenue, ending at Kapiʻolani Park around noon.
For the perfect hotel to enjoy the festivities, check us out at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. We’re located right across the street from Kuhio Beach on Kalakaua Avenue, which is part of the parade route. The popular, beachfront avenue is the place to be to catch the Floral Parade, and it’s also the site for the Hoʻolauleʻa Street Festival, held the previous Saturday, Sept. 17 - catch both from your private balcony!
Aloha Festivals were first held in 1946 as Aloha Week and have become a celebration of Hawaiian culture over the past seven decades. The mission of Aloha Festivals is to foster the aloha spirit through the perpetuation of Hawaiian culture and the celebration of the diverse customs and traditions of Hawai‘i. For more information about Aloha Festivals, visit www.AlohaFestivals.com.
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