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Happy Fourth on the 5th

Watched the annual Kailua Independence Day parade, the only Fourth of July parade on Oahu (which happened on July 5th), and here’s some of what I saw.

Seems like every politician was represented. There were some strange groups marching in the parade, and I didn’t understand why they were there. Sadly, the parade has more politicians and social messages rather than fun, feel good displays.

A quick run down of the Hawaii Governor 2010 candidates and their parade showings. Mufi Hannemann brought out the serious tech hardware and marched the route surrounded by supporters. Looked like Mufi had the most supporters, but he seemed aloof walking in the middle of his party, not engaging the crowds.

The rain started to come down as Duke Aiona’s party passed by (the reason I don’t have pics of Duke), but it made for a spirited showing by his soaked supporters. Even rained on, Duke walked the sides of the parade talking with the people.

Neil Abercrombie was the last gubernatorial candidate to march as he led his fans. The choice to walk in front of his group made for a dramatic scene, and the guy shouting cadence for the Abercrombie party did a good job.

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