Be Sure to Mark Your Calendar for Next Year's Parade on 7 Nov 2020
Our 2019 Parade Line-Up on 9 Nov was even bigger & more fun for all! Here are this year's inspiring stories of service and sacrifice. Join us and help us grow even stronger and more fun each year.
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS YEAR'S TALENTED 2019 PARADE UNITS & READ THEIR POWERFUL
STORIES OF SERVICE
(Registered Organizations As of 9 Nov 2019)
Entry Name and Description
2019 Parade Announcer NARRATIVE,
Hawaii Island Veterans Day Parade 9 Nov 2019
1. Lyman House Memorial Museum (1931 Car)
Hilo's Lyman Museum was built in 1931, the same year as this Chevy car. Through spectacular exhibits, visitors discover the powerful story of Hawaii, its islands, and its people. This past April marked the 200th anniversary of the departure of the first missionaries from Boston to Hawaii. In Hilo, David and Sarah Lyman arrived on a similar mission, fell in love with our island, and lived in the Museum’s Mission House. Daily tours offer a unique glimpse into 19th-century life in Hilo. After graduating from West Point, the Lyman’s grandsons became the first Hawaiian descendants to become generals in the US Army. A state-of-the-art interactive cultural gallery is scheduled to open next Spring. Support this “true gem of Hilo” by becoming a member. Return again and again to enjoy it with family and friends.
2. Hawaii Police Department escort
Our police escort vehicle is from the Hawaii Police Department. The Hawai‘i Police Department is committed to providing the highest quality of police service and forming partnerships with the community making the Big Island a safe place to live, visit, and conduct business. Mahalo to all the Special Duty Officers helping make this parade safe and fun.
3. Hawaii Island Motorcycles “Aloha Thunder”
Welcome to Hilo’s version of Washington DC’s Rolling Thunder motorcycle convoy. Our “Aloha Thunder” motorcycle group today consists of several island motorcycle clubs and others who want to show their support. Led by Jerry Chang, they are here to honor those who have served and sacrificed for our ‘Ohanas, state, and nation. The riders enjoy handing out small American flags to keiki and other parade spectators.
4. US Air Force (Carry Parade Banner)
Carrying today’s Hawaii Island Veterans Day Parade Banner is Technical Sergeant Rachael Rodriguez from the US Air Force. She leads the brave men and women who answered the call to serve in the world’s greatest Air Force with a mission to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. Wish them luck as they excel with integrity to become tomorrow’s leaders, innovators, and warriors! Go to www.airforce.com to find out more. Aim High. Go Air Force
5. Hawaii Air National Guard Color Guard (291 CBCS)
The colors of the United States and the State of Hawaii are being carried today in the Hawaii Island Veterans Day Parade by airmen of Hilo’s own Hawaii Air National Guard’s 291st Combat Communications Squadron, commanded by Hilo’s own Lieutenant Colonel Heather Leite. Please stand and honor the flag as the color guard passes by your position.
6. Hawaii County Band (Music)
The Hawaii County Band has been a fixture playing music on the Big Island since 1883, making it the second oldest band in the state. It plays monthly concerts, both in Hilo and Kailua-Kona. The band director is Paul Arceo. As always, we are delighted to have them help us “celebrate service”!
7. Island of Hawaii, OVS - Roddy Sueoka (State Vehicle) w/Judge Edward Kubo and Mrs Tammy Kubo
The Office of Veterans’ Services is the primary state office responsible for the development and management of benefits, policies and programs related to veterans, their dependents, and/or survivors. Roddy Sueoka manages Hawaii Island for the State Office of Veterans’ Services. Roddy’s counselors are committed to support the many homeless Veterans and Veterans Treatment Court across Hawaii Island. Roddy is an Army Veteran and the assistant baseball coach for the University of Hawaii of Hilo. His UHH players are here supporting many aspects of our parade today.
Joining Roddy is the Honorable Judge Edward Kubo and his wife Tammy. A First Circuit Judge since 2010, The U.S. Army Pacific command awarded Judge Kubo their highest civilian honor the “Mana O Ke Koa (Spirit of the Warrior) Award. He presides over the Veterans Treatment Court on Oahu and been a huge proponent for the Big Island. Creator of the Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta on Oahu and Honorary Chairman for the Gold Star Families Foundation, he’s been a long-time proponent and supporter of our military in Hawaii. We salute Judge Kubo’s commitment and dedication.
8. Big Island Veterans Treatment Court (netcom Trk & Trlr)
A US Army veteran, driver Jimmy Aldridge works for Netcom Enterprises in the construction services division. His primary skill was 36 Kilo – Field Wireman. fits nicely with Netcom’s services. He enlisted at Fort Ord California, trained at Fort Polk Louisiana, was stationed in Germany and was selected as the commander’s driver there.
The Veterans Treatment Court is a Judiciary program, helping veterans who are on probation and also suffer from substance use disorders and mental health disorders, with accountability and treatment. The program matches participating veterans with a veteran mentor throughout the Big Island. The BIVTC would like to say thank you for the opportunity to share about the program and thank you to all the veterans, working to help make our community and country a better place. Aloha
9. State Representative Joy San Buenaventura
State Representative Joy San Buenaventura represents District #4, comprising Puna Makai. As a legislator, Representative Buenaventura supported Filipino veteran burial rights, helped secure funding for the Big Island Veterans Treatment Court, and sponsored legislation establishing a monument honoring WWII veterans of Filipino ancestry. Her brother and in-laws are veterans and she is humbled by the valor, courage, and selflessness of all veterans.
10. County Prosecutor Mitch Roth
Mitch Roth has been the Prosecuting Attorney for the County of Hawaii since 2012. The mission of the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney is to pursue justice with Integrity and Commitment. Prior to his current position, Roth served as a deputy prosecutor in both Hawaii and Honolulu counties. He and his wife Noriko have three children. Mitch has been instrumental in bringing the Veterans Treatment Court process to Hawaii Island and in pursuing better ways to serve our community.
11. County Council Member Aaron Chung
Aaron Chung is the Council Member for District 2 since 2012, which covers lower and upper Hilo to include Downtown, and serves as Chairman and Presiding Officer of the Hawai‘i County Council.
12. County Council Member Sue Lee Loy
Sue Lee Loy is the Council Member for District 3 since 2016, covering a portion of South Hilo and Portion of Kea‘au and serves as Chair on the Public Works and Mass Transit Committee and Vice Chair of two other committees.
13. County Council Member Ashley Kierkiewicz
Ashley Kierkiewicz is the Council Member for District 4 since 2018, covering Hawaiian Paradise Park to Leilani Estates to the ocean, and serves as Chair of the Planning Committee and also Chair of the Governmental Relations and Economic Development Committee,
14. County Council Member Matt Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelder
Matt Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelder is the Council Member for District 5 covering Western Puna since 2018 and is Vice Chair on two committees
15. County Council Member Tim Richards
Herbert M. "Tim" Richards, III - Hawaii County Council represents Council District 9 - North and South Kohala. My deepest Mahalo goes out to all Veterans for your service and sacrifice!
Following County Council members is a golden 1963 Ford Falcon driven by US Army Combat Veteran Randall Laronal, member of VFW Post 3830
16. Veterans Advisory Committee (PU Trk)
The Veterans Advisory Committee advises and makes recommendations to the county on island-wide veteran matters. The Chair of this committee, Michael Doolittle, is a Vietnam Veteran who actively supports veterans in many ways. Other committee members include: Vice-Chair, Marcia Brinkley, Issac Nahakuelua, Emile Wery, Antonio Gaspar (also riding with Michael today), George Sheridan, Minuru Hanato, and today’s parade chair Deb Lewis
17. Sons & Daughters of 100/442 (Carry 100thBn/442ndRCT banner)
Today, the descendants of the most highly decorated Army unit in history are carrying today’s banner to honor the Infantry/Military Intelligence Service/and Engineer Soldiers of the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team.The Sons & Daughters provide support to these Veterans who sacrificed so much and keep their legacy alive.
18. WWII Veterans - 100th Battalion /442ndRCT/MIS/Engineers & Church of the Holy Apostles (Rental Van/driver)
The ‘Go For Broke’ motto reminds us of the heroic actions and many sacrifices of these men and their families during the Second World War. Despite facing severe discrimination after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese American soldiers of this legendary unit fought valiantly against great odds. They are most famous for their heroic rescue of the Texan "Lost Battalion" and turning the tide of war in France. Collectively this unit experienced over 300% casualties, earned 21 Medals of Honor and many Silver Star medals for acts of extreme heroism under fire. Today’s parade includes 100th Battalion Soldier: Wataru Kohashi, who is escorted by his Church of the Holy Apostles family.
19. US Army (Carry Business Parade Marshal Banner)
Carrying today's Business Parade Marshal Parade Banner is the US Army Hilo Career Center, along with Soldiers and future Soldiers of tomorrow's Army. These men and women represent the community and the State of Hawaii. They are the next generation of great Army Leaders, who will serve to protect the world’s greatest nation. With 244 years of service, the Army is the nation's oldest and biggest branch of military service. Come be a part of our team.
20. Business Parade Marshal – Cafe 100 (truck)
Please welcome Hawaii Island Veterans Day Parade's Business Parade Marshal Cafe 100. Home of the Loco Moco and Hilo’s first plate lunch, Cafe 100 was opened in 1946 by founders Evelyn and Richard Miyashiro. Richard fought in World War II with the highly decorated 100th Battalion. He’s a great example why the free world owes a huge debt of gratitude to the many Veterans who returned home to their families after facing untold hardships, who worked hard and quietly built amazing businesses. Despite tsunamis and other challenges, Richard’s family has carried on his inspiring legacy to the delight of this island community. Cafe 100 has served generations of local families for 74 years! Cafe 100!
21. 1LT Walter Hughes, WWII Bomb Pilot (car)
Get ready to salute WWII B-24 Bomber Pilot and author, 1st Lt. Walter F. Hughes. Walter was in the 8th Air Force, 93rd bomb group, based in Hardwick England. He completed 35 successful missions. The risk of being killed or injured during missions was 4 out of ten. Walter’s crew met the average. Of his crew of 10, one was killed and 3 were injured. Walter was born in 1922, and still thrills crowds with his sharp salutes and by wearing his original Army Air Corps uniform at every Veterans Day parade.
22. Hawaii Loa Chapter – Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) (car)
Hawai`i Loa Chapter NSDAR is a women's volunteer service organization based on Hawai'i Island. Our ancestors fought for independence in the American Revolution. Our mission is historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Helping veterans and shining a light of veterans' issues are one of the many ways we kokua our community.
23. Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home (Van)
Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home, is Hawaii's only post-acute care and rehabilitation service provider specifically designed to serve that needs of our Veterans and their spouses here in Hilo. It is managed and operated by Avalon Healthcare Hawaii. The Home’s latest vehicles greatly enhance their ability to care for and transport veterans in wheelchairs. Say hello to our 30 enthusiastic members from the home and their families who are in the parade or watching from the official tents along Kamehameha Avenue. Let’s join Avalon’s staff and tell them "We love our Veterans!"
24. Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawaii
The Aloha Exchange Club of East Hawai’i is a community service organization serving the Hilo area. The club’s signature project is the annual Police Officer and Firefighter of the Year banquet. As part of the National Exchange organization, the club is heavily involved in the prevention of child abuse. The club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month and welcomes new members.
25. Hilo High School JROTC
Hilo High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Viking Battalion, is commanded by Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Brooke Bisel. The unit is composed of over 120 Cadets ranging from grades 9-12. JROTC programs focus on developing young people to be better citizens. Hilo High School's JROTC program prides themselves on achievement through academic and physical fitness excellence while maintaining high sense of discipline. Hilo High School's JROTC program is instructed by Retired Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Hafner and Retired Sergeant First Class Ryan Taniguchi.
26. Hilo High School Viking Band (Music)
The Hilo High School Viking Band, under the direction of Mrs. Yvonne Yokoe, will be playing March America by Tom Moffat. They march to honor all Veterans who have served to secure our country’s freedoms and are grateful to them (and their families!) for their sacrifice.
27. Aloha Council, Boy Scouts, Pukahi District
The Boy Scouts of America is dedicated to developing character; instilling citizenship and personal fitness in the youth of our island through a fun-filled educational resource program for boys and girls. Camping, fishing, hiking, and paddling are just some of their activities. Always accepting new applications, find a unit near you by calling 959-0079 or online at ScoutingHawaii.org Mahalo Veterans! We salute you!
The Aloha Council, Scouting Youth. Scoutinghawaii.org Scouting is an Outdoor Character development program!
28. 2019 Miss Hawaii – Nikki Kehaulani Holbrook (rental car/driver)
Crowned Miss Hawaii in June 2019 -Nikki Kehaulani Holbrook currently lives on Oahu and attends BYU Hawaii, majoring in Business Management. Nikki encourages everyone to volunteer, and explains her passion using a phrase she calls “SNAP” (Service Nurtures All People). Nikki’s highly decorated Grandfather, 1st Sgt. Samuel Otis Holbrook III, U.S. Army served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam earning the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart with Bronze Oak for his gallantry. 1st Sgt. Holbrook rests in love at the Hilo Veteran’s Cemetery.
Recently deployed to Egypt, Nikki’s driver is Sgt Cooper Hulse’s from the Hawaii National Guard, Headquarters, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 299th Cavalry Regiment. Good luck to you Miss Hawai’i! Thank you for being an amazing role model and representing our Aloha state in the Miss America 2020 competition. A Hui Hou!
29. East Hawaii Rotarians
East Hawaii Rotary Clubs - Represent 7 different clubs and over 300 Rotarians from Ka'u to Hamakua, East Hawaii Rotary provides community service and financial support to many east Hawaii non-profits such as the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army and Hope Services to name a few. Our local Rotary clubs are part of over 1 million service-oriented Rotarians worldwide.
30. UH-Hilo Rotaract Club of East Hawaii
UH-Hilo Rotaract Club of East Hawaii is located at the University. The Rotaract Club of East Hawaii is an ethnically diverse group of people ages 18-30 who unite under the Rotary International motto, "service above self." Together, the Rotaractors give back to the community through various service projects during the year and have fun while doing so. They are also distributing candy to our keiki and other spectators. Yum!
31. Hawaii Care Choices (formerly Hospice) (next to Rotary)
Hospice of Hilo is now Hawai’i Care Choices and their “We Honor Veteran’s National Awareness and Action Campaign” is done in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Hawai’i Care Choices has been supporting our valued veterans for over 35 years in East Hawaii. Did you know that 1 out of 4 dying Americans is a Veteran? A vast majority of Veterans are not enrolled in VA and may not be aware of end-of-life planning and/or care offered free through Hospice benefits as early as 6 months or more with diagnosis. At Hawaii Care Choices, ---We Honor our Veterans and Thank All Veterans for their Service.
32. HOPE Services Hawaii (PU trk)
Last year’s parade marshal HOPE Services Hawaii Inc. is an affiliate non-profit organization of the Roman Catholic Church in the State of Hawaii. We envision a world where those who face great challenges realize their value and self worth. Our mission is to bring to life the gospel values of justice, love, compassion and hope through service, empowerment and advocacy. HOPE Services Hawaii houses at least 270 households each year and help 85% of them stay housed forever - never returning to homelessness. We improve the health and wellness of the people we serve, maximize their potential, and show why it’s economically in everyone’s best interest to end homelessness.
33. Hilo Lions (truck)
Being the 2nd oldest Lions Club in the State of Hawaii, Hilo Lions Club has been serving the community near and far since its founding in 1932. Active Lions have done vision and hearing screenings for schools and at public events, made contributions to other organizations and worthy causes, and has supported the Hilo High Leo Club for numerous years. Hilo Lions loves giving back to Hawaii!
34. US Marine Corps (Carry Vietnam Veterans Banner)
Representing the United States Marine Corps and honored to be carrying the Vietnam Veterans Banner is Sergeant Mar Caballero and some future Marine Recruits. For 243 years the Marine Corps has proudly served the nation in every clime and place and with Honor, Courage and Commitment. First to Fight for right and freedom, the Marine Corps is uniquely structured to provide a broad spectrum of response options when the U.S. and allied interests are threatened. It is during these times of crisis the President of the United States gives the order “send in the Marines.” Semper Fidelis Marines
35. US Army (Carry Grand Marshal banner)
Carrying today's Grand Marshal Parade Banner is the US Army Hilo Career Center, along with Soldiers and future Soldiers of tomorrow's Army. These men and women are the next generation of great Army Leaders, who will serve to protect the world’s greatest nation. Come be a part of our team. Go Army!
36. Grand Marshal Captain Richard Ha (Jeep)
Captain Richard Ha is the 2019 Grand Marshal of the Hawaii Island Veterans Day Parade. Richard served in Vietnam as a US Army captain. He has been called a visionary for his efforts to improve local agriculture, reduce energy inefficiency and costs, and integrate Hawaiian culture and economic opportunity for our children. Richard learned from his father, Not "no can", but "Can"!, which he continues to live by to this day. Please put your hands together for this year's grand marshal, Richard Ha!
37. VFW 3875/DAV 6/Hilo Elks Lodge 759 (C&F 40’ Trk w Trlr) [3 groups one trk]
C& F trucking is carrying our next precious cargo. Let’s hear it for this next group of special Veterans. Post 3875 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars – is based in Hilo and known as the Orr/Onizuka Post. VFW’s 1.2 million combat veterans work tirelessly to take care of all veterans.
We also have The Hilo Elks Lodge #759 - a national fraternal organization with a mission which includes inculcating the principles of charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity as part of community service.
The Hilo-based Disabled American Veterans (DAV) #6 unit is one of many across the Nation where veterans are helping veterans and partnering with the veteran on veteran administration issues.
38. Korean War Veterans/Military Order of the Purple Heart/CIB (KMC 25-pax bus, plus Trk) [3 groups one trk]
This Kilauea Military Camp Bus carries some extra special veterans. Let’s first honor our Korean War Veterans-Big Island Chapter. Veterans of this forgotten war and defenders of the Republic of Korea democracy make sure we remember and honor our 48 brave fellow Soldiers from Hawaii County and the 457 from the State and over 34,000 who gave their all and did not return home. 2020 marks 7o years since the start of the Korean War.
Many of our Korean War Veterans are also part of another important group- the Big Island Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. These members were wounded in combat. The Military Order of the Purple Heart provides National Service Officers that support veterans with VA benefits, and speakers for schools to speak about their experiences.
Many of these members were also in the Infantry and awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the CIB.
39. SSG James Kimo Pihana (next to MOPH) (PU Trk)
SSG James K. Pihana, better known as Kimo to his friends served in the 9th Infantry Division Vietnam. Kimo is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He is also a Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner and organizer for the international American Indian Pow Wow festivities annually held in Hilo Hawaii. The POW MIA flag that Kimo carries reminds us all of the many who never came home.
40. VFW Post 3830, Band & Auxiliary (Pahoa) (Conen 40’ Trk & Trlr) (Music)
Conen’s is a proud Veterans Parade sponsor transporting our next parade unit. In 2018-2019, VFW Post 3830 Pahoa was recognized with top honors as All State and All-American Post. Post Commander Colonel Deb Lewis is Chair for this year’s Veterans Day Parade and her post partner and past parade marshal, VFW Post 3830 Auxiliary is superbly led by Pat Sauer. Her husband Veteran Mike Sauer was the Auxiliary’s Previous and first male President. Give us a wave Pat & Mike! Post events include 4 monthly community breakfasts & dinners, and many projects throughout the year to include: supporting homeless and needy veterans, military burials, the Yukio Okutsu Veterans Home, 4th of July 5K Run/Walk in Hilo, and Memorial Day Services. Clay Williams Experience is creating those awesome sounds. Clay’s a former American Idol Contestant & accompanied by Combat Veteran & VFW member John Scanlon on drums, vocalist Jill Roberts daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, John Venrick on Bass and Don Skinner on harmonica- all talented musicians in our community.
42 & 43 Combined Vehicle.
42. American Legion Post 3 (PU Trk)
Jeno (JEAN-O) Enocencio, Hilo High class of 69; then Pointman in Vietnam. During a night mission, his Recon patrol hit a booby-trap, killing 3 young men, injuring 6. Jeno helped perform Military Honors for his buddies. Nearly 50 years later, The Lone Soldier-Honor Guard honors departed veterans - a symbolic 21-gun salute, playing TAPS, and presenting a loved one the American flag.
43. Lone Soldier Honor Guard (Truck with Trailer 12’ or longer)
The American Legion Post 3, Territory of Hawaii, was chartered October 24, 1919. The largest veteran’s service organization is committed to youth, sponsors wholesome community programs, and advocates patriotism, strong security, and devotion to fellow service members and veterans. Come celebrate 100 years of sustaining love and freedom we enjoy for this great country.... GOD BLESS AMERICA!... GOD BLESS AMERICAN LEGION POST 3!
44. Hawaii Horse Owners Inc. (Horse-mounted) (Clean up vehicle)
Hawai'i Horse Owners is a very active western equestrian club for families. Originally formed in 1993 with a focus on providing equestrian activities that can be shared by family and friends.
Hawai'i Horse Owners sponsors rodeos, trail rides, and family fun days from their home base at Pana'ewa Equestrian Center just outside of Hilo, in East Hawai'i.
Their Annual Pana'ewa Stampede Rodeo over President’s Weekend has become one of the biggest rodeos in the State. This coming year the Pana'ewa Stampede Rodeo will be held on February 15, 16 & 17, 2020, where the young and old, “play cowboy” and learn about the Paniolo Ways of Hawai'i.
45. Big Brothers/Big Sisters (netcom Trk)
Driving our next vehicle is US Army Veteran Jeff Gray, CEO/President of Netcom Enterprises, last year’s Business Parade Marsha. Netcom isl a Hawaii based Corporation providing Cloud Services for Voice and Data solutions & offices in Hawaii, Washington and Oregon. A Drill Sergeant and an M1A1 Tank Commander during his 12 years of service, Jeff does a tremendous amount in support of veterans in our community, most recently at the East Hawaii Jazz and Blues Festival to raise funds for Veteran projects. NOW DROP AND GIVE Jeff 20.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawai’i Island creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawai’i Island thanks our veterans for their service and for modeling the way in making lives better for others.”
Last year’s Business Parade Marshal Netcom Enterprises is proud to transport members of Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawai’i Island creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawai’i Island thanks our veterans for their service and for modeling the way in making lives better for others.”
46. Mental Restorations (22’ boat & trailer)
Mental Restorations- In helping others, we help ourselves. Veterans, 1st responders, family of fallen, active duty, youth- ocean and land activities to better mental wellness.
47. Ho’ola Farms (truck)
Ho’ola Farms, a veteran non-profit is providing a 2-part hands-on agriculture training program with Go-Farm Hawaii for Veterans with support from USDA AgVets Grant. Graduates receive Agriculture certificates, access to land grants and loan opportunities. First classes begin early 2020. If you are a veteran, look us up - Ho’ola Farms.com
48. Hawaii Island LGBTQ Pride
Hawaii island LGBTQ Pride is an organization that brings together the beautiful diversity of our island community. Pride also supports each citizen’s right to participate in all activities in support of our country. Pride is extremely honored to be represented here today by these LGBTQ veterans and their loved ones. The right for all to serve has now been established. However, pride looks forward to the day when transgender citizens may once again join the military and serve their country with honor.
49. Hawaii Community College
Hawai'i Community College is a two-year college on Hawai'i Island. The college is based in Hilo with a branch campus in Kona named Hawai'i Community College – Pālamanui and a new location in Honoka’a - North Hawaii Educational Research Center. Hawai'i CC offers 26 degree and certificate programs. Our Kauhale of dedicated and passionate faculty and staff are committed to the success of our students.
50. Hilo Union School Kazoo Band (Music)
The Hilo Union Kazoo Band is proud to celebrate our brave veterans with music and enthusiasm! The songs we are performing today tell of freedom and liberty. The Hilo Union Kazoo Band wants to thank our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can have that freedom. Mahalo Veterans! You are our heroes!
51. Disability Rights Hawaii/Squeaky Wheels HI (20 wheelchairs)
Disability Rights Hawaii is a grassroots organization dedicated to improving accessibility and quality of life for people with disabilities on the Big Island. Bimonthly meetings are open to the public.
Squeaky Wheels Hawai'i is a diverse group of advocates that explores strategies and solutions for wheelchair users to thrive in Hawai'i County.
52. Paradise Roller Girls (May not show)
Here are members of Hilo’s very own roller derby league. They accept children from 7-17 and women ready for a rewarding challenge. They are also always looking for referees & volunteers.
53. Girl Scouts of Hawaii (PU trk)
Girl Scouts teaches girls skills to become tomorrow's leaders. Through fun and engaging activities, led by dedicated adult volunteer mentors, girls discover things about themselves and others, connect with their community, and take action to make the world a better place. Our focus is on outdoor skills, STEM (science ,technology, engineering & math), entrepreneurship, and life skills. Join Girl Scouts and make a difference in your world!
54. Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency (County Mobile Command Vehicle)
This is your Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency. Civil Defense coordinates the County's response when natural or man-caused disaster threatens or occurs anywhere in the County of Hawaii.
55. Hawaii Island Neighborhood Watch (Pickup Trk Semi w/trailer)
Neighborhood Watch is a National Program dedicated to reducing crime in our Communities Our motto -"Neighbors Helping Neighbors". Make a difference.., Join us now!
56. Hawaii Police Department Bike Patrols
Neighborhood Watch is a proud partner with sponsor KTA Super Stores and with the Community Policing Unit of the HAWAII POLICE DEPARTMENT patrolling on bicycle. Helping law enforcement 24/7 to keep our neighborhoods safe. See something, say something
57. University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcans (Multiple Sports Teams/on Flatbed Trk)
The UH Hilo Vulcans Teams participating today would like to thank all Veterans for their selfless service and to recognize spouses and family members of Veterans for their support. Thank you for allowing us the freedom to play sports and to attend this university. We will always keep a special place in our heart for the servicemembers still in countries abroad and to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. We look forward to your support at our athletic events this upcoming year. Go Vulcans!
58. Keaau High School Cougar Band (Music)
Kea’au High School was established in 1999 and their current principal is Dean Cevallos. Band director, Ku’ulei Arceo is in her second year of directing both the Kea’au Middle and High Bands. The Kea’au Cougar Band is led by Drum Major, Ikaika Stone. Today, they are playing Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede, feel free to Ooga Chaka along!
59. Ha‘aheo Elementary ‘Ohana
Haʻaheo Elementary ‘Ohana and Principal Jennifer Sueoka would like to thank all veterans for their service and wish everyone a Happy Veterans Day!
60. Civil Air Patrol
Please welcome the Civil Air Patrol Lyman Field Squadron. The Color Guard and Drill Team are led by Lieutenant Jared Antonio. Meetings are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:00-8:00pm at the Hilo Airport and anyone 12 or older interested in leadership training, aerospace education, and lots of fun is welcome to attend.
61. Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island (LMV NG, HHT, 1st Sqdn, 299th Cav + Engineer Vehicle After It)
Hawaii National Guard, Headquarters, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 299th Cavalry Regiment is proud to transport this next parade unit. The Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island offers children throughout Hawaii Island a fun, safe and supervised place after school to be engaged, to learn and to grow. With clubhouses across the entire island, in Pahala, Pahoa, Keaau, Kealakehe, Ocean View, Hilo, and Ulu Wini, serving over 1000 children, we help to lay the foundations that emphasize the promotion of diversity, the teaching of positive values, the importance of education and career exploration, and the opportunities to enhance life skills. Great Futures start here!
National Guard, Engineers –Also from the Hawaii Army National Guard, we have Combat Engineers from Hawaii's Own, Bravo Company, 227th Brigade Engineering Battalion. This unit includes a road clearing vehicle, which protects soldiers from minefields and other battlefield dangers, and allows them to operate safely and return home unharmed.
62. Akaka Falls Lions Club (Pickup Trk)
Akaka Falls Lions Club: Where there's a need, there's a Lion! The Akaka Falls Lions Club is involved in numerous Community Service projects throughout East Hawaii, some of which include vision and hearing screenings in elementary schools, Akaka Falls Park litter pickup and beautification projects, and our current Legacy Project at the Queen Lili'uokalani Park. Our Lions are proud of the work we do to help our Community thrive and prosper.
63. US Navy (Carry Community Parade Marshal banner)
Carrying today’s Community Parade Banner is Petty Officer Holley along with his Future Sailors, who represent America's Navy. This group of fine young Men and Women will help maintain Naval forces while deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. Hoooo Yahhhh Navy!
64. Community Parade Marshal – The Food Basket (1 vehicle smaller box)
Please welcome this year’s Community Parade Marshal - The Food Basket –Hawaii Island’s Food Bank “Ending Hunger on Hawaii Island” We distributed 250,000 pounds of food, water and supplies during the Lava disaster ......and serve on average 14,000 individuals a month with the help of our donors. We are committed to the health of our community and we are focused on bridging commodity foods with local fresh fruits and vegetables through a Community Supported Agriculture program. Call us or visit us online today at hawaiifoodbasket.org.
66. American Red Cross (PU Trk)
American RedCross provides services and education to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. With compassion we take action. We partner with donors and other organizations to serve our community. Mahalo to our dedicated VOLUNTEERS and generous DONORS. American RedCross honors all veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.
BECOME A VOLUNTEER! and let’s make a difference.
67. Bay Clinic, Inc. (Large Mobile Health Unit)
Bay Clinic, Inc. - serving the health care needs of East Hawaii Island families for over 36 years. With accessible, affordable comprehensive and high quality patient centered health care services. Leading the way is CEO Kimo Alameda. Bay Clinic, Inc. is the largest non-profit community health center on Hawaii Island employing over 180 health care professionals and support staff.
Today we serve over 21,000 East Hawaii residents with approximately 70,000 visits annually, with a high volume of service men and women, active and retired.
Visit one of our seven health centers from Hilo to Kau where we promise to always treat you like family.
68. Hawaii Carriage Driving Society (multiple carriages/horses -3)
The Hawaii Carriage Driving Society, founded in 2013, is the only carriage driving club in the state. We hold several events each year, from training clinics to fun days to formal shows. We are open to anyone with interest in driving equines, restoring antique carriages, and enjoying the Camaraderie of like-minded people.
69. Hilo Vet Center (Van)
Both Hilo and Kona have Vet Centers with a service mission designed to remove all unnecessary barriers to care for combat Veterans and their family members, to include readjustment counseling, therapeutic groups, and a wide range of services. Contact your local Vet Center to connect you with the support you need. Representing the Hilo Vet Center today is Jobe Leialoha, who engages the community and our veterans to ensure all veterans take advantage of the benefits they earned.
70. 2d Brigade, 25 ID (LMTV & Dump Truck)
Today’s Soldiers are the “Warriors” from 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, whose motto is Tropic Lightning!
71. Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) Command Team (Large Float) (Music)
Next Up is the US Army at Pohakuloa Training Area, the premier training center of the Pacific. Commonly known as PTA they are led by their Commander is Lieutenant Colonel "J-R" Borce (BORE-SEE), and his Command Sergeant Major Luis Ortiz.
PTA provides service members from Hawaii and across the Pacific Ocean a center where they can train their skills in defense of liberty. PTA also allows our HPD Special Response Teams, Federal Agents and others to train and meet their mission year round. PTA also has their own Recycle center and cultural and natural resources offices caring for the aina year-round.
Riding along with PTA is the United Services Organizations U-S-O! and their selfless volunteers who look after Soldier, Sailors, Airmen and Marines when they are deployed. The USO at PTA has served over 40,000 service members since opening August of 2017.
72. PTA Fire and Emergency Services
PTA also has their own Fire and Rescue section, with Fire Chief Eric Moller leading the department’s efforts as they respond to all emergency calls on Saddle Road, and the slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Thank you PTA Fire and Rescue for all your efforts safeguarding folks in that area
73. Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy
Reclaiming the lives of at promise youth, ages 16 to 18, producing program graduates with the values, life skills. education and self-discipline to succeed as productive citizens. The Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy is an alternative program which offers youth who have dropped out of school, the opportunity to change their future. Participants looking for a way to succeed outside of a traditional school setting learn self-discipline, leadership, and responsibility while working to obtain a Community School Diploma. Dream. Believe. Achieve.
74. Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce (PU Trk)
The Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce has been around for over 120 years. With over 250 member businesses, the Chamber promotes our island, products and services, educates our legislators on issues important to island businesses, and sponsors programs to help members be better businesses. The Executive Director is Miles Yoshioka and the current Board Chair is Rhea Lee-Moku. THere is always something happening at the Chamber! Come check us out!
75. American Financial Network, Inc. (PU Trk)
American Financial Network, INC a direct lender helping Veterans enjoy the benefits of home ownership since 2001. Turn your Dreams into Reality with a VA Home Loan. Veterans, you may be eligible for 100% Financing with VA Automatic Authority which allows us to quickly pre-approve and process home loans and refinances for our Service Men and Women across the nation. We Finance the AMERICAN DREAM!
76. Hawaiian Shirts for Deployed Soldiers (PU Trk)
#togetherwearemighty! This mission started as a project for Joseph Coker’s own son’s deployed troop, and it went viral ! The original goal? Provide 300 Hawaiian shirts for his son and his troop of deployed soldiers. Because other heroes wanted to be a part of this mission, and the people of America continue to send in Hawaiian shirts for them, he’s kept on going! TOGETHER they have started a real mission, and reached THOUSANDS of deployed heroes. “MORALE BOOSTER!” Joseph’s been told by so many soldiers from commanders to privates! You can help too! It’s so moving to see your Hawaiian shirt on a hero, when they send back pictures. Total shirts sent in 2 years :15,882 , that's a bunch of shirts.........
77. St. Joseph’s School [78 is walking at the back of 77.]
St. Joseph School is celebrating its 150th anniversary in Hilo! SJS offers a quality education to Keiki from preschool to 12th grade. Each year around Veterans Day we honor our local veterans by inviting them into our classrooms to share their military service experiences and a mess hall style lunch with our students. Nurtured in a faith community blessed with many cultures, gifts and talents St. Joseph School builds lives of service in the spirit of our Hawaiian tradition of Aloha.
78. Hilo Knights of Columbus [78 is walking at the back of 77.]
Walking with St Josephs are members of the Saint Marianne Cope Council of the Knights of Columbus dedicated to the values of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. They act locally, such as with Hilo's Food Basket, and globally, in support of persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Their first Grand Knight was a veteran of the Civil War, and from the time of the First World War, they provided rest and recreational facilities for all soldiers, regardless of race or creed, and were honored for never drawing the color line. In service to One, in service to all.
79. Mainstreet Pahoa Assn Holiday Parade (car- Mercedes convertible)
The 26th annual Holiday Parade in Pahoa marches on December 7th at 9:30 a.m. sharp! Around 6 electric cars will be in the parade. Celebrate Pahoa on December 7th! Come see the parade!
80. UH-Hilo Vulcans Baseball Team
The players and coaches of the UH Hilo Vulcan Baseball Team would like to thank all veterans and current military personnel for their service and sacrifice to our country. Without your dedicated service we will not be able to play the sport we love. Mahalo and Happy Veterans Day!
81. Taishoji Taiko (HPM Trk) (Music)
Closing out our music today is Hilo’s own Taishoji Taiko. Founded in 1989, Taishoji Taiko will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with a concert on June 13, 2020 at the UHH Performing Arts Center. They are honored to be part of the parade and wish to dedicate their performance in gratitude to our veterans.
82. Hawaii Fire Department/EMS (last parade vehicles)
The Hawaii Fire Department is primarily responsible for fire protection and suppression, pre-hospital emergency medical services, land and sea search and rescue, hazardous materials response, ocean safety, and fire prevention and public education for the County of Hawaii. Please thank Carlton Bello of 1A Pepeekeo, who is here with E-1A.
83-86. Please note the Aviation Units. [See Separate List Below]
Aiona Box Truck—will pick up barricades/cones
SAVE THE DATE – Next Hawaii Island Veterans Day Parade is 7 Nov 2020. Always the Saturday before 11 Nov. Pick up cards to help you remember that date and other veteran events in 2020
If you look over to Bayfront, you might catch one of our four pilots flying overhead.
83. Flying. AVN Mike Singer (Fly by)
Mike Singer is flying his Piper Comanche—fastest in the Hawaii and like a Corvette Stingray with wings. He is an active EAA, Coast Guard Auxiliary Air and a GACH member who was the spark plug for last week’s Annual Hilo Aviation Day and Fly-in. He has more than thirty years of flying in Alaska and Hawaii.
84. Flying. AVN Richard Bridges (Fly by)
Richard Bridges is a Navy Aircraft mechanic flying a Grumman Cheetah. He started flying in 2009 and opened the only aircraft repair business in Hilo.
85. Flying. AVN Bob Arthurs (Fly by)
Bob Arthurs is a US Army Helicopter pilot who did landings on to hospital hips through two Tet offenses and two combat tours. His Sonex plane was built by Bob and is powered by a VW engine with redline of 200mph.
86. Flying. AVN Brian Danial (Fly by)
Brian Danial is an Army veteran who served 19 months in combat. He’s flying his Breezy — it looks like the airframe is unfinished and he has flown it to all the islands.