‘Aiea Christmas Parade and Blood Drive

UPDATE (November 20, 2023): Due to a shortage of volunteers, the Aiea Family Fun Fair will not be held this year. The parade and blood drive will go forward as usual. This post has been updated accordingly.

From Karen Higa and Claire Tamamoto:

Come join us at the Aiea Christmas Parade this year!

The Aiea Christmas Parade will be held on December 9, 2023. Please join us at this community event to celebrate the holiday season, whether it’s as a participant or a spectator! (If you’d like to participate in the parade, please see the application form below!)

Many schools, businesses, churches, and community groups have participated in previous years. The parade featured marching bands, classic cars, floats, and, of course, Santa. This year the parade will start at 9am at Pearl Ridge Elementary School and will end at the Old Sugar Mill Site on Halewiliko Street next to the Aiea Library.

The Blood Bank of Hawaii will be at the Aiea Public Library that day for a blood drive. Hawaii needs more than 200 blood donors every day. Do your part! You can schedule an appointment to give blood by scanning the QR code in the flier below, or you can go to bbh.org.

The Aiea Christmas Parade is sponsored and funded by the Aiea Community Association, which is an IRS designated 501(c) 3 organization. The ACA is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to serving the Aiea Community.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the parade, please contact Karen Higa at aieaparade@yahoo.com.

We hope you can help us to promote this family-friendly community event. Your help and support would be greatly appreciated.

Mahalo and Happy Holidays,

Karen Higa
Aiea Parade Committee

Claire Tamamoto
Aiea Community Association

Application forms

This Saturday, 11/18: Loko Iʻa Pāʻaiau MOU Signing (and Makahiki Ceremony) and Friends of ʻAiea Library Booksale

This Saturday, November 18, the Navy will be hosting their annual Makahiki celebration beginning at 9 AM at the Rainbow Bay Marina “A” Frame. You are welcome to come and play traditional Hawaiian games (and win prizes!) and observe and learn Hawaiian culture. This is a great event for families and children! For more information, please see the flier below (click or tap to view the full-size image)–note that it is not necessary to RSVP. Just come down to the event and enjoy yourself!

As part of this event, our partners at Loko Iʻa Pāʻaiau will be signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with their U.S. Navy Partners! This document signifies, among other things, the long-term commitment of the parties to restore and steward this historic site. The MOU signing will occur (we think) approximately around 11:30 or noon.  Mahalo to Ms. Kehaulani Lum and everyone else who put in a lot of work to make the MOU happen!

Also happening this Saturday:  The Friends of ‘Aiea Library will also be holding a booksale at the ‘Aiea Public Library programming room from 9 AM to 2 PM! As always, this is great opportunity to find some inexpensive (but high quality) books, movies, music, and other media (remember, the holidays are right around the corner!). Proceeds from the sale will help to support ‘Aiea Public Library’s programs. Mahalo to Ms. Karen Higa and everyone else who donate their time and energy to make these book sales possible!

Photo of 'Aiea Library used book sale from April 2016
‘Aiea Library book sale

The Friends of ‘Aiea Library could still use some help setting up before the booksale (set-up will begin at about 3:30 PM on Friday, November 17) and cleaning up after the booksale is pau (about 2 PM on Saturday, November 18). Mahalo nui for your consideration!

We hope to see you at one of these events this weekend!

Aloha Ia Halewiliko Blessing and Groundbreaking

After years of planning, construction of a senior housing project at site of the ‘Aiea Sugar Mill is about to begin! A groundbreaking ceremony will take place on October 17 from 1-3pm.

Note that EAH, the entity responsible for the project, has informed the ACA that they will begin to clear the overgrowth during the week of October 9 to ready the site for groundbreaking. Expect activity in the area.

Free Project Dana Workshops

Please see the following fliers for some upcoming Project Dana workshops taking place on October 11, 14, and 28. These are valuable opportunities to learn more about elder care. The specific topics include: Adult Day Health Centers (Oct. 11), Advance Care Planning (Oct. 14), and Caregiver Training (Oct. 28).

These workshops are FREE but registration is required. Additional details are available on the fliers.

September 2023 meeting

Files distributed for the September 2023 meeting of the ACA are posted below.

The next community day for Loko I’a Pāʻaiau will be on October 7, 2023 from 9am to 1:30 pm.

The next ACA meeting will be on October 16, 2023.

The next Friends of Aiea Library booksale will take place on November 18, 2023 at Aiea Library, 9am to 2pm.

This year’s Aiea Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 9am. The parade route will be the same as the last few years (Pearl Ridge Elementary to the old Aiea Sugar Mill).

Happening today: Maui Supply Drop-off at Loko I’a Pāʻaiau

If you would like to help to assist those affected by the horrible tragedy in Lahaiana, volunteers at Loko I’a Pa’aiau (the fishpond located in the McGrew Point area) will be hosting a supply drop-off today, Friday, August 11, from 2-6 pm.

The fishpond is located at 122-184 McGrew Loop, Aiea, HI 96701.

See also Pa’aiau’s Instagram post.

Needed items include:

  • Water & non-perishable food
  • Flashlights & batteries
  • Baby wipes & body wipes
  • Toiletries
  • Medicine
  • Clothing
  • Blankets & towels
  • Futons or air mattresses or sleeping cots
  • Face masks
  • Gloves
  • Trash bags
  • Storage containers

The volunteers at Pa’aiau are unfortunately not able to take monetary donations. If you would like to donate monetary donations, they respectfully direct you to one of the following organizations:

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