A unique tradition in Waikiki is coming to an end after 42 years.
The King's Guard has entertained crowds around the world. Now Paul Naki, the man leading the drill team, is hanging up his hat and saying goodbye to the team he's been leading for decades.
“All the guards who have been part of the program are all part of the family," said Naki.
“Without him we wouldn't be best drill team in the world," said Donovan White.
What started as a drill team at McKinley High School in the early 1970's became a nightly performance in front of crowds, many of them tourists visiting King's Village, a unique collection of shops in Waikiki.
“It was the perception that this was King David Kalakaua’s palace. The King’s guard was to protect this palace and so you have changing of the guard on a nightly basis," said Darren Fong.
“We don't just do this for Hawaii. We do this to show we still have the spirit of aloha," said Ardie Kepo’o.
But instead of marching on without their leader, all the guards past and present decided to retire together as a salute to their leader.
“It's been a great run. I enjoyed every year of it and it’s sad to leave, but it’s the only way I would leave," said White.
“It was very special for them to come together after all these years. It’s a long tradition sadly coming to an end and a special part of Waikiki," said Angela Britten.