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Hawaii bands participate in inaugural parade

By Mary Vorsino

LAST UPDATED: 07:12 a.m. HST, Jan 22, 2013

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WASHINGTON » Two Hawaii bands marched down Pennsylvania Avenue Monday, showing off Hawaii sights, sounds and colors to the hundreds of thousands of people congregated to watch the inaugural parade.

The Punahou School band was near the front of the parade line, and the Kamehameha Schools band — which featured a hula troupe — followed quickly behind.

Parade goers visibly perked up as the bands passed by, remarking on the showing from President Barack Obama’s birthplace.

Hawaii is the only state that was represented with two bands in the inaugural parade, which followed Obama’s ceremonial swearing-in this morning. 

Temperatures during the parade were in the 40s, relatively mild for a January day in Washington, D.C.

Hawaii band members were thankful for the good weather, especially when the parade stopped for several minutes as Obama got out of the motorcade and walked to a viewing stand with the first lady.

Noah Kwok, a Punahou senior and member of thejunior ROTC unit that marched in the parade, said he has marched in a lot of parades — in Europe, on the mainland and around the islands. But it will be tough to top this.

“Marching in the inaugural parade, how many get to do that really?” he said.

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Skyler wrote:
Punahou's the better of the two, hands down.
on January 21,2013 | 01:38PM
8082062424 wrote:
not even close
on January 21,2013 | 02:08PM
Masami wrote:
Another one.............
on January 21,2013 | 02:37PM
Shawn211 wrote:
Really Skyler......so negative??? Both schools were out-standing!
on January 22,2013 | 05:20AM
Masami wrote:
This story celebrates the achievements of BOTH BANDS and the first thing you do is COMPARE and put down the other. No wonder this world is so screwed up.
on January 21,2013 | 02:36PM
haleiwalad1 wrote:
mahalo Masami..
on January 21,2013 | 02:46PM
honopic wrote:
Good for you, Masami. Keep it pono.
on January 21,2013 | 03:36PM
haleiwalad1 wrote:
why would you say such a thing....no need to say mean things about our kids......
on January 21,2013 | 02:46PM
opalaedo wrote:
Lots of Punahou pictures but where are those of Kamehameha Schools' band?
on January 21,2013 | 02:18PM
haleiwalad1 wrote:
the point is the kids got the thrill of a lifetime - it's not about which band got the most pictures. no pettiness......
on January 21,2013 | 02:48PM
Both bands look great! Thank you all for representing 808 so well!
on January 21,2013 | 02:43PM
BigBird001 wrote:
Both bands looked great! It was hilarious to see, though, that one of the local DC newspapers reported that Obama attended Kamehameha!
on January 21,2013 | 03:03PM
kennie1933 wrote:
BOTH bands did well. What a great experience for all the students! The ony thing I'd suggest is that Barack give Michelle "shaka" lessons!
on January 21,2013 | 03:19PM
lol! I thought she was looking at her fingers to make sure she had the correct ones up.
on January 21,2013 | 03:25PM
false wrote:
Kamehameha represented the Missionary period well, The embroidered coats were elegant. For all that goes into cultural dress for Song Contest, the hula pau could have been more authentic and artful to the period of the Monarchy with Hawaiian kapa designs. There was something "Lilo" the dancers. Punahou was classic missionary academy and the girls dressed for the weather and sport, appropriate to the athlete they honored. It was a great educational experience for all students. We celebrate their achievement. One groups' orchestration was stronger for its melody.
on January 21,2013 | 05:08PM
Eradication wrote:
It was 40 degrees in DC today. What did you expect, malo perhaps? Princess Pauahi and her legacy was well represented today. Congrats also go out to the Punahou Buff `n Blue. Both schools made us all here in Hawaii nei proud. Maka`i loa!!!
on January 21,2013 | 09:31PM
false wrote:
That was AWESOME, way to go...
on January 21,2013 | 06:13PM
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