Pa'u riders prepare for King Kamehameha Celebration Floral ParadeUPDATED 11:35 PM HST Jun 13, 2014Video Transcript
The Kamehameha Day Celebration Floral Parade is TOMORROW. We're wrapping up our look at Pa'u riders--- who are always a favorite in the parade. Tonight how they drape the riders in those beautiful shades of satin? It's an art to turn 9 yards of cloth and 6 kukui nuts into fashion. Not long after horses were introduced to the islands in the early 1800s..... The residents of Hawaii took easily to horseback riding. That included women. 1:39 WOMEN WHEN THEY WANTED TO GO FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE DRESSED IN THE HOLOKUS THEY NEEDED TO PROTECT THEIR GARMENTS. 1:48 SO SOME INGENIOUS HAWAIIAN WOMAN THOUGH OF USING 12 YARDS OF MATERIAL AND STONES AND WHAT WE USE TODAY---KUKUI NUTS --DRIED UNPOLISHED KUKUI NUTS TO PUT TOGETHER THE PA'U HOLOLIO 2:05 Thus the Pa'u rider was born. Always a mainstay in island parades. Kimo Alama Keaulana is the official pa'u draper. He along with his team will be wrapping the riders Saturday morning. An art he learned when he was just 12 years old. 2:22- 2:32 THE METHOD WE USE TODAY WE CAN TRACE BACK TO THE LATTER PART OF THE 19TH CENTURY AND WE A RE GOING TO PUT TOGETHER THE PA'U HOLOLIO WITH JUST 6 KUKUI NUTS. That's right just six kukui nuts...... 4:14-4:24 SOT YOU don't WANT THEM POLISHED BECAUSE NEED ALL REIDGES AND THE ROUGHNESS TO SECURE THE TWIST AND THE TURNS IN THE FABRIC THAT WILL BE TUCKED First step: tying the pa'u around the waist. 4:58-5:10 AND MANY OF OUR PAU RIDERS WILL TELL YOU ALOT OF TIMES ITS DONE SO TIGHTLY. TAKE A DEEP BREATH KEHAUNANI ! THERE SO THAT THIS PA'U WILL STAY ON. Next: the seat of the pa'u is created with fabric brought between the riders legs. It is a precise art. The edges and corners are all measured as they find the middle of the pa'u. 6:40-6;49 SO THAT WHEN KEHAUNANI FINALLY GETS ON THE HORSE HER PA'U WILL BE EVEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HORSE!! 7:18 THAT'S GOING TO GO UNDER THE FABRIC ITS GOING TO GO RIGHT UP TO THE RIDER AND THIS FIRST NUT IS GOING TO CREATE THE SEAT FOR KEHAUNANI. HOW WE SECURE THE NUT IN PLACE: THE FABRIC IS TWISTED WITH THE NUT IN PLACE AND IT IS TUCKED INTO THE WAIST. again and again....the fabric is measured... then twisted and secured by the kukui nut. until all six nuts are used.....and the pa'u hololio is pau. 13:10-13:14 THIS GARMENT IS BOTH FUNCTIONAL AND BEAUTIFUL. And now her kipolo--- or top is adjusted--with its ribbons doing double duty. 14;26-14;41 IN THE OLD DAYS THE HAWAIIAN WOMEN LOVED TO RIDE AT A FULL GALLOP AND HAVE THE PA'U STREAMING BEHIND THEM AND THAT'S WHY SHE WEARS RIBBONS TO SECURE HER LEI BECAUSE WHEN SHE GALLOPS THE WIND CATCHES THOSE RIBBONS ITS AN AWFULLY PRETTY SITE For Keaulana and his team pa'u draping is an exciting way to carry on a unique Hawaii tradition. 3:43 ITS REALLY REALLY EXCITING TO KNOW THAT THIS WAS SOMETHING THT WAS DONE FOR GENERATIONS BEFORE US HOPEFULLY ITS GOING TO GO ON FOR GENERATIONS AFTER US TOO. 3;50 I'll be one of your hosts for the 98th annual parade tomorrow. It airs live on OC-16 at 9am. Our own Paula Akana serving as emcee And then hana hou!!! Catch all the highlights Saturday at 4pm right here on KITV.