“We Shall Overcome.”




The Hawaii Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition extends an invitation to the community and its many organizations and individuals to participate in our annual MLK Celebration Parade and Rally held annually on the 3rd Monday in January this year being January 21, 2019. The parade begins at Magic Island with the formation of organizations at 7:30 a.m., then moves out 9:00 a.m., traveling on Kalakaua Avenue through Waikiki to Kapiolani Park. It is culminated with a unity rally celebration, which includes food, community booths, and camaraderie.


The coalition is organized to promote the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday through remembrance, celebration, and action. This holiday is promoted as a day of national and community service, a time to reflect upon the principles of interracial cooperation, equality, and social change through nonviolent resolution of conflict, dedication to global peace, social justice, economic security, and the eradication of poverty as espoused by Dr. King. Efforts are made seek the involvement of business, government, labor, religious, ethnic, educational, and community service groups, as well as all segments of the civilian and military population. For more information, see the About page.


Friday January 18, 2019
Saturday January 19, 2019 -6:00 p.m.
NAACP Dr. King Dinner – “Empowering and Engaging through collaborative partnerships” Alphonso Braggs, President
Location:Pomaikai Ballrooms at Dole Cannery Doors open @ 5:30 Dinner Served at 7:00 RSVP by January 7, 2019 Tickets are $75.00 each or table of ten for $700 or call @ 808-783-8969

Sunday January 20, 2019 -9:00 am and 11:00 am

Monday January 21, 2019 – 9:00 a.m.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Parade and Unity Rally
The parade begins at Magic Island and ends at Kapiolani Park – the Unity Rally follows at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand.

Sunday February 24th, 2019 – 4 p.m.




New changes are in effect this year, January 21, 2019 for all participants attending the Unity Rally in Kapiolani Park

Tents shall be white, 10×20 the charge is $200.00 each per 10×20 tent. 

All grills bought into the park is $200.00 per grill – non-refundable.  All food that is given to the outside public must have insurance and name City & County, Dr. Martin Luther King Coalition Hawaii, as well as Ishkon on your insurance for the year 2019. Please submit your application with fee by January 12th, 2019. You will not be allowed to take cash.

Parade and rally photos are located under the respective years, accessible under “Archives” on the left sidebar. The media and the public may use these images without charge, however, please credit “Scott Foster & Associates” as the photographer when it is noted on the photo pages. For larger photos for print, please contact us with the photo numbers as displayed online. We will send you the original photo file.

Our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Souvenir book is free and available to the public during the various events. Mahalo to the City & County of Honolulu for their kind assistance and kokua. They may be downloaded here.

The MLK Coalition co-sponsored the International Peace Poem Project
Local winners were announced in April by each of the island Mayors. We invite you to view their website to learn how you can participate in this worldwide affirmation of the sanctity of the human spirit.

Mahalo to everyone for again making the “People’s Parade” a resounding success. See you next year!

Contributions, no matter how small to support our events
are appreciated and may be mailed to:

590 Farrington Highway #210
PO Box 163
Kapolei, HI 96707