“We Shall Overcome.”




Parade & Rally canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic. Hope to see you next year

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 18, 2021. 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.


All events canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

Friday January 15, 2021
Saturday January 16, 2021 -6:00 p.m.
NAACP Dr. King Dinner – “When we fight we win because silence is not an option” Alphonso Braggs, President
Location:Pomaikai Ballrooms at Dole Cannery Doors open @ 5:30 Dinner Served at 7:00 RSVP by January 7, 2021 Tickets are $75.00 each or table of ten for $700 or call @ 808-783-8969

Sunday January 17, 2021 -9:00 am and 11:00 am

Monday January 18, 2021 – 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 20th, 2021 – 4 p.m.




All events canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

New changes are in effect this year, January 18, 2021 for all participants attending the Unity Rally in Kapiolani Park

All Tents will be charged $200.00 each per tent including vendors,  fraternal organizations, and Churches. 

Due to past years of improper disposal of coals causing damage to the grounds the city is banning the use of grills unless it is under the auspice of a food vendor therefore requiring proper registration & insurance documentation also adhering to Park regulations pertaining to clean up.   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 Makana O ke Akua Inc.  on your insurance for the year 2021. Please submit your Food Vendor application with fee by January 13th, 2021. 

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