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Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade winners announced


A large crowd of spectators welcomed 67 entries at the 19th annual Kailua-Kona Independence Day Parade with its theme, “United As One!” and witnessed a fireworks show over Kailua Bay. The Kailua-Kona Community Parade Association announced that the following entries have been awarded certificates:

Nonprofit entries:

Float: first, Friends of the Big Island Drug Court; second, Hawaii Volunteer Fire Department Company 7 Bravo; third, National Parks of West Hawaii

Marching: first, Echo City Knockouts; second, West Hawaii County Band; third, Kona Community Hospital

Patriotic: first, Veterans of Foreign Wars; second, American Legion Kona Post 20; third – Military Spouses

Keiki: first, Kona Lil Soljahs Mustang 9’s

Commercial entries: first, Dolphin Journeys; second, Auto Body Hawaii; third, Katie Moore Fitness

Political entries: Council member Brenda Ford and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa tied for first.

All Entries:

Crowd pleaser: Echo City Knockouts

Judges’ special: Kealakehe Intermediate School Dance Team

Adherence to theme: U.S. Military Veterans

Best in Music: West Hawaii County Band

Best in Lights: Solid Rock Ministries

Winners may pick up their awards at the Kona mayor’s office at the West Hawaii Civic Center, beginning on Thursday. Questions may be directed to Barbara Kossow at 938-0806.