Pa’u riders (pronounced Pah-oo riders), also called paʻu riders or pa-u riders (and sometimes written as pāʻū riders), are Hawai’ian women who wear long, colorful skirts (Hawaiian: pāʻū) and characteristically ride horseback astride, rather than sidesaddle. This equestrian tradition dates to the early 19th century, when horses were introduced to Hawai’i and Aliʻi women dressed up to ride for formal occasions. It declined after the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai’i, but was revitalized in the early 20th century with the establishment of formal riding organizations. Today, pa’u riders participate in Kamehameha Day floral parades and other parades and festivals throughout the islands.
A hui hou ka kou malama pono
Live aloha, Be Aloha, Breath aloha
Mahalo Ke Akua no keia nani Pōʻalima
Thank your God for this beautiful Friday