HONOLULU – Cultural harmony with an emphasis on fun was the lesson plan today for nearly 1,000 Oahu students at the 15th Annual Honolulu Festival.

Students from 12 schools (list below) throughout the island took part in the Festival’s “Educational Tour Day” at the Hawaii Convention Center. They got a sneak peak of what the public will enjoy this weekend, while learning some valuable lessons on the cultures of the Pacific Rim.

“Our Foundation’s mission is to support cultural education for Hawaii’s schoolchildren and the Educational Tour Day is a wonderful way to show how important it is to appreciate and embrace the cultures that have shaped the people of the Pacific Rim,” said Tatsuo Watanabe, secretary for the Honolulu Festival Foundation.

The students enjoyed hands-on interaction with Honolulu Festival participants and performers, which made for a fun day outside the classroom and provided an opportunity to expand their perspective on the world.

Schools taking part in today’s Educational Tour Day included:
· Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Elementary School
· Damien High School
· Maryknoll High School
· McKinley High School
· Nanakuli Elementary School
· Nanakuli High School
· New Hope Homeschool Co-Op
· Our Lady of Good Counsel School
· Goodwill LASR · Saint Francis High School
· Waialua High and Intermediate School
· Wilson Elementary School

The 15th Annual Honolulu Festival is a three-day celebration, March 13-15, highlighting the people and diversity of the Pacific and Asia through an impressive showcase of the arts and culture. More than 4,700 visitors from Japan and other Pacific Rim countries came this week specifically to take part in the Festival, giving a boost to Hawaii’s tourism economy.

The Festival is open to the public on March 14 and 15 at four locations – Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Shopping Center, Waikiki Shopping Plaza and Waikiki Beach Walk – and concludes with the spectacular Grand Parade through Waikiki along Kalakaua Avenue on Sunday, March 15, starting at 4:30 p.m.

The Honolulu Festival was initiated in 1995 to help promote cultural understanding and harmony between the people of Hawaii and Asia-Pacific. The Honolulu Festival is supported by the Honolulu Festival Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 2000 to administer Festival activities and perpetuate the cultures, customs and traditions of Asians and Pacific Islanders through community outreach and charitable efforts.

Honolulu Festival Foundation
Phone: (808) 926-2424
URL:http://www.honolulufestival.com/en/