Kamehameha Celebration Pa‘u Rider Exhibit at Kauai Museum
June 11th is a state-wide holiday to celebrate King Kamehameha and his legacy of uniting the Hawaiian islands under one rule. Typically, there are extravagant parades as part of this celebration that include the extraordinary processions of Pa‘u (pronounced pa-oo) Riders. In parades Pa‘u Riders are almost always accompanied by an entourage that includes a page announcing the pa‘u princess, and ladies in waiting, as well as accompanying paniolo (cowboy) escorts, all dressed in costumes that flow across decorated horses. With COVID-19, the traditional parade is postponed until 2022. However throughout this June Kauai’s visitors will be amazed by the Pa’u Rider exhibit at the Kauai Museum. Self-guided tours are offered Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibit is currently accessed by stairs to the 2nd floor.
For more information, read the article, “The Pa‘u Rider Lives On” by Dennis Fujimoto with The Garden Island. Photo by Dennis Fujimoto.