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Hawaii bands participate in inaugural parade

By Mary Vorsino

LAST UPDATED: 7:12 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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