Waikiki King's Guards comes to an endUPDATED 11:12 PM HST May 16, 2014Video Transcript
New at ten- A unique tradition in Waikiki is coming to an end after 42 years. The King's Guards have entertained crowds around the world... But the man leading the drill team is hanging his hat.. And saying goodbye. 17:02 the lowering of flag respectufl gesture to hawaiian people," For Paul Naki, this was his final goodbye to a drill team he's been leading for decades. PAUL NAKI - 28:42 all the guards been part of the program are all part of the family," DONOVAN WHITE 32:02 without him we wouldn't be best drill teams in the world," What started as a drill team at McKinley High School in the early 70's became a nightly performance in front of crowds-- many of tourists visiting King's Village- a unique collection of shops in Waikiki. DARREN FONG- 05:50 it was percetpiton that this was king's palace kings guard was to protect this palace so have changing of the guard on nightly basis," ARDIE KEPO'O- 37:45 we don't just do this for hawaii, we do this to show we still have the spirit of aloha," But tonight's final performance was a tribute to Naki. Instead of marching on without their leader, NATS of DRILLS: xx the guards- and all the men and women who once served as guards, wearing lei today, decided to retire together. DONOVAN WHITE- 32:27 it's been a great run enjoyed every year of it and sad to leave but only way I would leave," ANGELA BRITTEN- 34:26 IT WAS VERY special for them to come together after all years... Long tradition sadly coming to end special part of Waikiki," NAKI - 29:04 my family is around me.. knew all of them young hs now grown up.. Enjoying the ohana again," 31:11 maukea aloha hawaii!!! whoohoo!!! Stores in King's Village are still open for business. But the owners are still doing studies regarding the redevelopment of the property into a condo-hotel.