program1The Honolulu Festival Foundation is committed to making the Festival an educational opportunity for the students and communities of Hawaii. Over the years, the foundation has carried out education-oriented events such as the Educational School Tours and the Maui Mikoshi Contest.

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Educational School Tours
prog_edu02Each year, we offer an exclusive educational tour to the students from Hawaii, where they explore behind-the-scenes of the Honolulu Festival. During the tour, students get to take a closer look at all the festival exhibits, and have a chance to interact with some of the artists and performers participating in the Festival.

Maui Mikoshi Contest

prog_mikoshi01prog_mikoshi02For this contest, which is counted as one of the highlights of the Honolulu Festival, high school students from the island of Maui design Japanese “Mikoshi,” a decorative portable shrine.
Winners of the contest visit Honolulu during the Festival and march in the Grand Parade with their award-winning Mikoshi. The winning Mikoshi will also be displayed at the Hawaii Convention Center during the Festival.