The 10th annual Keaau Village Lighted Christmas Parade was Saturday evening in Keaau.
This year’s parade theme was “A Green Christmas — Reduce, reuse recycle.” Among the entries were marching bands and units, three sizes of floats, classic cars and Santa Claus.
The grand marshal was prosecutor Mitch Roth. The parade was dedicated to the memory of one of the founders, the late Arline Macanas.
Winning entrants by category were:
First Place: Lex Brodie’s Tire
Second Place: Keaau Post Office
Third Place: Foodland Keaau/Meadow Gold
First Place: Puna Covenant Church
Second Place: Hawaii Island Humane Society
Third Place: Kealaikahiki Hula &Tahitian Club
First Place: HFS Federal Credit Union
Second Place: Hawaii Horse Owners Inc.
First Place: Waiakea Intermediate School
Second Place: Kamehameha Schools — Hawaii
Third Place: Keaau High School Band
First Place: Paradise Roller Girls
Second Place: Keaau Elementary and Keaau Elementary PTSA
Third Place: Keaau Middle School Leadership
First Place: DC’S Towing Service
Second Place: Christmas at Nana’s
Third Place: Coca-Cola Refreshments
A decorating contest also was hosted in conjunction with the parade. In the most “Green” category, Keaau Elementary PTSA received the most votes, and in the most “Festive” category, CU Hawaii Keaau branch received the most votes. Both winners will receive a gift certificate from Big Island Candies.
The parade is hosted by the Keaau Christmas Parade Committee. Those interested in being part of the team learning more can call the WH Shipman office at 966-9325.