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Parade and lava museum revive hopes for Pahoa’s future

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Residents of Pahoa gathered on Saturday, December 1, 2018 for their largest Pahoa Holiday Parade ever.
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Performers with the Hiccup Circus made their way through town. The parade featured 50 entrants with the theme “Celebrate Pahoa.” It was a record for participation this year, outnumbering the usual 30 or so, according to parade chairman Dean Kelley.

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John Leach strummed his ukulele along the sidelines of the 25th annual Pahoa Holiday Parade on Saturday.

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A masked participant held a boxed gift at the parade.

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Hannah Schaefle, 3, and her brother Josiah, 5, waited for more parade participants to arrive.

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Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim waved to the spectators at the 25th Annual Pahoa Holiday Parade on Saturday. “You can feel that people want to go and have things to celebrate,” Kim said. “It’s Christmas and they’re still trying to see the bright side of things, to project that we’re going forward.”