Saturday, September 8, at 10:00 am over 150 marchers and thousands of spectators will converge downtown to celebrate the Little League World Champions. The parade starts at Tamarind Park (1001 Bishop St) Downtown Honolulu, goes down King Street and ends at the Eternal Flame at Honolulu Hale (530 S King St) around noon. The Waikiki Trolley Red Line Stops at the King Kamehameha Statue which is across the street from Honolulu Hale.
On Sunday, August 19th The Hawaii team representing the United States played South Seoul LL of South Korea for the World Championship in Williamsport, PA. Over 28,000 people attended the game and Oahu hometown heros won 3-0. Hawaii is known for winning the Little League World Series, this marks the 3rd World Championship for Hawaii, the other two were won in 2008 and 2005.
The boys, who are 12 years old, played the series as Hurricane Lane barred towards the Hawaiian Islands. On the morning of the World Championship Game the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm and the boys played for Hawaii. Aukai Kea the team’s star pitcher said “I just played my heart out. Playing for them [Hawaii] always and this is what happened.” The win over South Korea was attributed to Kea’s pitching.
Upon their return home the Honolulu Team was greeted by a large crowd at the airport. Including some of their biggest fans Governor David Ige, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, and even Kauai County Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. “I just really wanted to congratulate each and every one of the players, wanted to congratulate coaches, who provided guidance to help the team be the best they can be, and finally to the parents and supporters, because I do know it takes a village to be a world champion, and I really want to congratulate each and every one of you for staying with the program of being committed to supporting the players and, most importantly, being committed to representing all that Hawaii means, that aloha spirit, that commitment to being bigger and better than yourselves, of representing the state in everything you did with class and determination and most importantly, outstanding success,” said Ige.
The Parade on Saturday will feature the team and include the Royal Hawaiian Band and many other marchers. At Honolulu Hale, the end of the parade route, friends, families and fans are invited to enjoy live music and refreshments. The team will be there to sign autographs and talk story and performers include Josh Tatofi and Kapena.
The Waikiki Trolley Red Line stops at the King Kamehameha Statue every 40 minutes. Starting at 10:18 a.m., 10:58, 11:38, 12:18, 12:58, 1:38, 2:18, 2:58, 3:38, last Trolley is at 4:18.