Pa’u rider on horseback representing the island of Kauai
Insights from a Pa’u rider
“Having the experience to be honored as a pa’u rider for two years, one, representing the island of Ni’ihau, and the other, representing the island of Maui, was definitely one that is close to the heart,” reflects Charity Texeira of Lana’i. “I was not an experienced equestrian rider, thus, the time and efforts that I dedicated to practice on the horses I was “assigned”, twice a week for about four weeks prior to the parade event, was one that were no doubt worth it. I had to overcome the intensity of riding a horse solo. By the time the parade came about, it was like “Ace” and I were buddies! What made it even more memorable, was the honor to represent the islands; wrapped up intricately with satin, secured with the proper placement of the kukui nuts, then draped with beautiful island flowers, and a fragrant hairpiece to finish. I can tell you, that I never looked at myself as a ‘queen’, but on those particular days, I surely rode with royalty!
Watching the Festivals of Aloha parade really brought up those memories for me. I am very happy to be able to say that I was a part of the experience. To bring back culture and history into our present times really humbles you. Here in Lana’i, we live in a tranquil place of beauty; one that we will cherish and preserve!”
History of Pa’u