Pāʻū Riders and Maui’s Nā Kamehameha Parade

This year's Nā Kamehameha parade in Maui featured a never-before-seen pāʻū demonstration. Typically, pāʻū princesses compete by exhibiting Western styles of horsemanship with the goal of accruing the most points.

Sponsored by King Kamehameha Celebration Commission

‘Ohana and volunteers from across Maui gathered to prepare for the event, creating lei and floral decorations for both horses and riders. Each princess wore a traditional pāʻū, a 12-foot long riding skirt held together by six kukui nuts, in their island’s colors.

The Nā Kamehameha parade is usually held in Lahaina, ending at Maui’s famous banyan tree. There is also a ho’olaule’a afterward, which includes keiki activities, food, a pāʻū award ceremony, hula and more.

Mauiʻs 2021 Nā Kamehameha Commemorative Pāʻū Court consists of:

Pāʻū Marshal Page, Wilford Souza
Pāʻū Marshal, Peter Klein

Hawaiʻi Page, Kapena Kamai Jr.
Hawaiʻi Princess, Tehani Cabanilla-Aricayos

Kahoʻolawe Page, Lokepa Cabanilla-Aricayos, Father of Hawaiʻi Island Princess
Kahoʻolawe Princess, Tamara Cabanilla Aricayos, Mother of Hawaiʻi island Princess

Maui Page, Samantha Lee Lepeka Hara Perdido, sister-in-law to
Maui Princess, Tiara “Tia” Perdido Ampong

Niʻihau Page, Nicolle Rockett
Niʻihau Princess, Charlene Lehua Butchart

Lanaʻi Page, Leah Melzer
Lanaʻi Princess, Rebekah Melzer, Mother of the Page

Molokaʻi Page, Charlene Thompson-McCameron
Molokaʻi Princess, Gabrielle Celestine Kiyome Berce

Oʻahu Page, Garrett Montalvo
Oʻahu Princess, Kathleen Birmingham

Kauaʻi Page, April Lani Prados
Kauaʻi Princess, Leila Kalani Larson

Pāʻū Queen Page, James Kimo Lum, Wahine hololio 2021
Pāʻū Queen, GenaAstrid Māhelanai Lay Rickard