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The Blue Angels have been flying in the skies over Oahu since Tuesday, warming up for this weekend’s Kaneohe Bay Air Show. Officially called the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels are composed of eight F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets and a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft called “Fat Albert Airlines.”
The air show includes many military and civilian planes and performances; a car, bike and hotrod show and all sorts of food. Many people visit the base, which is open to the public this weekend, for the musical concerts. This year, performers are the Kings of Spade, Mike Corrado, Willie K and Natural Vibrations. Last year, there was a massive traffic back-up of people trying to get to the evening concert. Base publicists encourage people to come early in the day to avoid being stuck in traffic. Detailed parking instructions and schedules are available on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii website.
In Waikiki, the Aloha Festivals parade is this Saturday. It begins in Ala Moana Beach Park and continues along Kalakaua Avenue to Kapiolani Park. Although the parade always includes custom cars, the focus here is on equestrian performers. Female and male pau riders, including a princess and her court from each island, demonstrate the skillfulness of their horses, beautifully adorned in flowers. The floral floats and marching bands make this a stunning event. The start time is listed as 9 am but the times I’ve attended that has been “flexible.”
And I must mention the Manoa Jazz and Heritage Festival Saturday evening. It is in the outdoor Andrews Ampitheatre on the University of Hawaii campus. The headliner is eighteen-time Grammy nominee and three-time Grammy winner Larry Carlton. The guitarist is performing with his trio this weekend. He has also performed with Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, and Linda Ronstadt among others. Also on stage will be local favorite Robert Hinoda and Friends, and the Punahou Jazz Band. Tickets are $15 to $35. It is a treat to listen to such fine jazz music under the beautiful Hawaii skies.
Photo courtesy Marine Corps Base Hawaii.