$5,000 Kailua Village Business Improvement District
$3,500 Kona Commons
$2,000 Ironman Foundation
$1,000 Royal Kona Resort
$1,000 Paradise Helicopters
$500 Lex Brodies
$500 Lava Kids Liberty Fun Run
$500 Hawaii Lube
$500 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
$500 ABC Stores sponsorship
$500 Colliers International LLC
$500 Ilima Court Shopping Center
$250 Hawaii Community FCU
$250.00 Renee Kraft
$100 Friends of Bronsten Kossow
$100 Barbara & Glenn Kossow
$100 Drywall Installation Hawaii
$100 Laura Waldo, CPA sponsorship
KAILUA-KONA COMMUNITY PARADE ASSOCIATION PRESENTS
Joseph C. Palacat, Sr.
Joseph C. Palacat, Sr. (94), was born at Pepeekeo Sugar Plantation Camp on August 8, 1923, on Hawaii Island.
On December 1, 1941, World War II started with Japan.
In 1942, Joseph joined the “HTG”, Hawaii Territorial Guard, in Hilo, Hawaii, at the age of 17.
On October 1944, Joseph was inducted into the regular army with the draft and was sent to Camp Hood, Texas, for 17 weeks for basic training. After training, Joseph was sent to the Philippine Island by ship and landed in Tacloban Bay, then on an army truck to Ormoc Town, Leyte, P.I.
At Ormoc, Joseph was assigned to the “lst. Filipino Infantry Regt.” Our war duties was called “Mop-Up” Operation. We go into the jungles to look for the enemys in their caves, hide-out and bunkers. It was a dangerous operation because the enemys are just waiting for us.
After the War in 1946, Joseph and other soldiers were sent to guard the fuel pipe lines on the Island of Luzon P.I. that runs from Bataan Bay to Clark Air Field.
Joseph next stop was a jerney home to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and enjoy a three months furlough given by the U.S. Army.
On May 6, 2018, The “Congressional Gold Medal” was presented to Joseph C. Palacat, Sr., for war duties during World War II in the Philippines Islands.
'Mahalo Nui for your service! We are honored to have you as the grand marshal in this years 23rd Kailua-Kona Independence Day parade!'
ANNOUNCER STATION LOCATIONS
WEST HAWAII TODAY
23rd ANNUAL KAILUA-KONA FOURTH OF JULY PARADE WENESDAY JULY 4th 2018
Start Time 6:00PM
FIREWORKS OVER KAILUA BAY 8:00PM
PARADE STARTS 6:00PM\
The community is really pulling together to cover the expense of the fireworks extravaganza.
KAILUA-KONA CHRISTMAS PARADE
SATURDAY DECEMBER 8th 2018
Start Time 4:30PM
Barbara Kossow Co-Chair | Renee H. Kraft Co-Chair
Bernadette Haleamau | Kianna Leomiti | John Lewis
Ellen Cunningham | Kristen Kam
PARADE OF STARS!