Then when our ohana from Off Da Rocc 808 Clothing and accessories arrived, the party began. It was a time of togetherness and unity. We all flew flags representing the multiple countries of the Pacific Rim. There were even quick little lessons on the two different flags of Hawaii and their history. Even the younger generations kept themselves busy with riddles and songs. Once we were all lined up with flags flying strong, the parade began moving. We all threw shakas and wished the crowd holiday wishes throughout the parade route. Candies were passed out along with hugs and high fives.
One of the most memorable things was the parents in the crowd looking at our Happy Holidays banner that was written in multiple languages, and pointing out to their children which language represented them. The little things like that really hit home on what we are doing to reach out, unite, and uplift our cultures.
Walking the parade itself was definitely an experience that will forever be cherished. Not only the looks on the keikis faces but seeing the crowd respond with positive support really made it worth while. We were there to spread the message of our mission, gain community support, and have a great time. It was another small step in the long journey we have ahead of us, but all very much worth it. We at Pacifica, as well as our partners, would like to thank you all for coming out and cheering us on.
Mahalo, Pacifica Community Organization