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    Uncle Hanalei created Brenda Ryan’s hairdo Thursday at Salon808 in Honolulu.

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    Pa’u riders Heather “Hana” Mullaney (riding Shine), left, Lovelyn Kenison (riding Ellie) and Candi Smith (riding Sass) , front row, with Lacy Matsumoto (riding Slider) and Malissa Kaopua (riding Sweet Bay), back row, practice riding as attendants to Queen Gayle Fujita Ramsey in the Queen’s unit of the Kamehameha Day parade 2016 at the Diamond J Ranch in Waianae.

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    Malissa Kaopua, left, and Gayle Fujita Ramsey help attendant Lovelyn Kenison learn to drape her satin pa‘u.

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    Kamehameha Day 2016 parade queen Gayle Fujita Ramsey posed with Jazzy, the horse she will ride in Saturday’s parade, during a practice session at the Diamond J Ranch in Waianae in March.

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    Ramsey held a workshop at her home last month with members of her pa‘u unit to construct the humu- papa-style lei that the horses will wear in the parade. Lacy Matsumoto, a freelance writer for the Star- Advertiser, got some help from her son, Devin Kaliko Lyons.

  • COURTESY PHOTOS

    Past pa‘u queens include, from left, Eluwene Enoku Abreu (1989), Leinaala Billie Akina (2002) and Terri Murray (2015).

At Diamond J Ranch in Waianae Valley on a hot, dry Sunday morning, against the rugged backdrop of the majestic mountain range, six riders on horseback kicked up the dust in a big corral. It was a scene out of a Wild West in which women ruled. Read more

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