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20th Annual Honolulu Festival
The participating performers for the 20th Annual Honolulu Festival (2014) come from various regions of the Pacific Rim including Hawaii, Japan, Australia and the U.S. Mainland. Their performances vary from traditional and modern dance and music to arts and crafts. There is so much to see and do.

*This page is constantly updated without notice, so please check back often for details.

from Pacific Rim

from Alaska
Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancers

Alaska Native Heritage Center DancersThe Alaska Native Heritage Center Dance Group includes extremely dedicated and enthusiastic students from different Indigenous Alaska Native cultures. The dancers, dressed in traditional regalia, perform dances from all over Alaska that tell the stories of traditional legends, stories,values and lifestyles in their Indigenous languages. The Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancers perform dances from the Inupiaq, Yup'ik, Alutiiq, Unagax and southeast Alaska cultures.

[ URL ] http://www.alaskanative.net

from Australia
Aboriginal Artists

Aboriginal ArtistsPainting My Country Utopia group spans three generations of artists from the Aboriginal community Utopia. Barbara, Teresa and Jarrod all come from Utopia, which lies 250 kilo metres north-east of Alice Springs, Central Australia. The natural environment and dreamtime stories of Utopia are depicted in the artworks using acrylic paints and traditional methods.

from Korea
Talchum Research Group, Jeju National University

Talchum Research Group, Jeju National UniversitySince 1980, "Talchum Research Group", a student club in Jeju National University, has started to study and succeed to the Korean traditional dance. And they have joined various multi-cultural festivals to introduce Korean traditional dance to foreigners.

from Hawaii
Manoa DNA

Manoa DNAA Family band that was formed in 2005 in Hawaii. "DNA" stands for Dad, Nick and Alex and yes, it is all in the genes.
Original compositions "Discover Aloha with me" and others were featured as the Hawaii Tourism Japan campaign songs since 2008 and quickly become hits in Japan. "Aloha you -Kizuna-" a Japanese song that was featured as the song of the month in April and May on NHK TV program called "Minna no Uta" and has been attracting many fans.
61st Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherry Blossom FestivalThe Cherry Blossom Festival continues to be one of the longest, continually running ethnic festival in the State of Hawaii and is sponsored by the Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce.
Members of the 61st Court include: Queen, Crystine Ito, 1st Princess Lori Higashi, Princesses, Leila Mitsunaga, Kellene Sasano and Misha Maletta, Miss Congeniality, Eryn Kawamoto and Miss Popularity Ashley Higa.

[ URL ] http://www.cbfhawaii.com/
BIBAK Hawaii

BIBAK HawaiiBIBAK HAWAII was founded in November 1979 in Oahu. B-I-B-A-K refers to the provinces of Benguet/Baguio City, Ifugao, Bontoc (Mt. Province), Apayao/Abra, and Kalinga in the Philippines. BIBAK promotes fellowship and unity among BIBAK members in the State of Hawaii; provides assistance and moral support to members in cases of need or emergency; and promotes and preserves the cultural heritage of the Igorots. BIBAK has participated and supported numerous local community activities.

[ URL ] http://www.bibakhawaii.blogspot.com
Chinagu Eisa Hawaii

Chinagu Eisa HawaiiChinagu Eisa Hawaii is a local Okinawan taiko group. Collaborating with their sister group in Okinawa called Naha Daiko, they perform Eisa taiko to traditional and modern music. Their group is a very multigenerational group with members from age 5 to 80 years old. Their goals are to preserve and promote the Okinawan culture for the younger generations and to the local community with their dynamic and energetic performance.
Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii

The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, founded in 1911, is one of the foremost Chinese organizations in Hawaii. Its many members are prominent leaders in Hawaii's financial and professional circles and play important roles in shaping the State's economic, social and political future.
The Mission of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii is to promote business and economic development, to preserve Chinese culture, and to encourage civic responsibility.
Dance Junction Hawaii

Dance Junction HawaiiDance Junction Hawaii offers dance and gymnastics classes in Honolulu for students ages three through eighteen and also has a competitive dance team.
They have travelled to California, Texas and Japan to perform and compete and has been awarded numerous championships since opening in 2005. Under the direction of Jill Tanioka-Ventura and assisted by Lyndsey Arakawa, Dance Junction Hawaii is honored to participate in the Honolulu Festival again this year.

[ URL ] http://www.dancejunctionhawaii.org
Filcom Banda Kawayan

Filcom Banda KawayanThe Filcom Banda Kawayan is one of two in existence in the United States. Created in October, 2009 with federal grants from the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Education Through Cultural and Historical Organizations. This inter-generational performing group uses kawayan(bamboo) percussion instruments, and repertoire of Filipino folk songs, contemporary hits and popular dance music.

[ URL ] http://www.filcom.org
Hawaii Taiwanese Association of American

Hawaii Taiwanese Association of AmericanRepresenting the Hawaii Taiwanese Association of American are the National University of Tai Nan & Zuao Nan Middle High School Cultural Performance Groups. These groups are famous for their solid Dragon/Lion Dances. They are also specialized in other cultural arts, sports, and dances such as traditional drum dance and Song-Jiang Jhen Battle Array. Their excellent performance have gained worldwide fame that they are often invited to perform in important national celebration of many countries such as China and Singapore. The age of the team members are ranging from 13 to 24. Their goals are to preserve and promote cultural heritage.
Hawaii Kokuseiryu Shiginkai

Hawaii Kokuseiryu Shiginkai is consists of 80 members and the member of the total number 600 belongs to United States, Canada, Brazil, Japan in the Kokuseiryu Shiginkai.
They invite the participant from each country to the celebration of the 55th anniversary of Hawaii Kokuseiryu Shiginkai foundation in October of this year and it will be held grandly in Waikiki.
Hawaii Senior Life Enrichment Association

Hawaii Senior Life Enrichment Association( HISLEA) is a State of Hawaii Non Profit Organization established On September 26, 2007.
The objective of HISLEA is to spiritually and physically enrich lives, to promote and encourage an active life for seniors from Japan who visit and stay in Hawaii in addition to local active seniors residing in Hawaii.

[ URL ] http://www.hawaiiseniorlife.org/9english.html
Hawaii Shibashu Kai

Hawaii Shibashu Kai is a group of local Japanese who enjoy to learn Japanese traditional music such as Shamisen, Kouta and Hauta under the stewardship of Shamisen Maestro, Shibashu from Japan. This is the fourth performance of the group on the Honolulu Festival stage.

[ URL ] http://www.hawaiiseniorlife.org/9english.html
Hawaii United Okinawa Association

Hawaii United Okinawa Association The Hawaii United Okinawa Association is made up of 40 clubs whose combined members exceed 40,000 members. The unit will include banner holders representing the 49 clubs, eisa drummers, sanshin players and the executive board of the organization. Leading the unit will be National Living Treasure of Japan Sensei Choichi Terukina and his wife Mrs. Terukina.

[ URL ] http://www.huoa.org
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach ResortThe Hilton Hawaiian Village is proud to be celebrating our 16th year participating in this cultural parade. More than 50 volunteers from the Hilton Hawaiian Village participate in this event every year. The Hilton's Sumotori mikoshi was selected to represent and honor our Hawaiian contestants in the sumo wrestling sport. The float was also designed to reflect the spirit of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

[ URL ] http://www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com
Honolulu Daijayama

Honolulu DaijayamaHawaii and Omuta in Fukuoka has had a goodwill relationship for many years. Thus, Omuta's famous summer matsuri "Omuta Daijayama" that has been featured in past parades of the Honolulu Festival was changed to "Honolulu Daijayama" in 2008. Honolulu Daijayama will once again participate in the Honolulu Festival's parade down Kalakaua Avenue this year. The intensity of their performance, the bells ringing loudly, the fire gushing out, smoke spreading throughout the parade route, is an unforgettable sight for spectators seeing the Daijayama for the very first time.

The Honolulu Festival has inherited the mikoshi that is used for Honolulu Daijayama from the city of Omuta. It was the Omuta people's strong desire that the people of Hawaii be able to experience the authenticity of their mikoshi and enjoy the traditions that go along with the festivities. And furthermore, so that the children of Hawaii can experience these same emotions, Chibikko Daijayama was given to the Honolulu Festival in 2009.
The number of local volunteers has grown each year. It is a wonderful sight to see the people of Hawaii support the Honolulu Daijayama!

Special feature: Honolulu Daijayama
Special feature: Dialogue between Omuta Daijayama and Honolulu Daijayama
Kamehameha Schools Maui Japanese Club

Kamehameha Schools Maui Japanese ClubThis Year's Maui Mikoshi Design Contest winner, the students of Kamehameha Schools Maui Japanese Club, will carry their winning Mikoshi in the Grand Parade.
Kawaii Kon

Kawaii KonKawaii Kon is a three-day convention event dedicated to creating a broader awareness of, and appreciation for Japanese animation by celebrating the richness of this art form. The convention promotes the growth of the anime and manga fan base in Hawaii, as well as growth of related community groups, businesses and industries both here and abroad.

In addition to providing a central event for fans and enthusiasts, Kawaii Kon seeks to become a vehicle for sharing and disseminating industry information. Kawaii Kon also provides the community and related industries the opportunity to network and conduct business. Fans, artists and industry guests gather from all over the world here in Hawaii for this 3-day extravaganza.

[ URL ] http://www.kawaii-kon.org
Kupuna Islanders

KUPUNA ISLANDERS - HISLEA's Ukulele CircleKupuna Islanders started as a small ukulele circle in 2008 as part of activities of NPO Hawaii Senior Life Enrichment Associations that was established in 2007.
The members meet every Monday in Waikiki to practice Hawaiian Ukulele songs and to learn ukulele technique. The instructor is Mr. Jody Kamisato, who is the owner of Ukulele Hale in Kaimuki and the leader of the ukulele band, "Heart and Soul ".

[ URL ] http://www.hawaiiseniorlife.org/9english.html
Lahainaluna High School

Lahainaluna High SchoolLahainaluna High School won the 2nd Maui Mikoshi Design Contest in 2005. They will carry Pineapple Mikoshi at the Grand Parade.
Malofie Samoa Hawaii

Malofie Samoa Hawaii is the premiere club and organization within the United States promoting traditional and authentic Samoan tatau (tattoo) culture. Its members are Samoan men and women of all ages who have all received the full body tattoo through the traditional Samoan methods that date back hundreds of years. It is these traditions that they strive to maintain in these modern times to uphold their history, culture and pride.
Their mission is to develop future leaders, mentor the youth to become self-reliant and contributing members of society and to always lead by example by embracing the values, customs and responsibilities entrusted to us through their traditional tattoo.
Miss Chinatown Hawaii Queens and Court

Miss Chinatown Hawaii OrganizationThe Miss Chinatown Hawaii Organization celebrates the Chinese culture by participating in events such as Night in Chinatown, Dragon Boat Races, and various community parades. The participants deepen their understanding and appreciation of their Chinese heritage, while developing leadership skills and participating in community service.
Their Queens are Jessica Cheng and Jessalyn Lau. First Princess is Tracey Zhang, and Princesses are Maggie Liu, Erica Thomas, and Tracy Wong.

[ URL ] http://www.misschinatown.com/
Miss Kona Coffee 2014

Miss Kona Coffee 2014Kona Coffee Cultural Festival celebrates its 44th year this year. The longest running Food Festival in the State & Hawaii.
The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is proud to present, Miss Kona Coffee 2014 Jeanne Kapela. She will spend her year of service promoting Kona Coffee both locally and internationally.

[ URL ] http://www.konacoffeefest.com/
Miss Narcissus Queen

The Miss Narcissus Pageant takes a place each year in China Town. This year's Queen and her royal court were chosen out of beautiful women that competed in the Miss Narcissus pageant. Their beauty adds radiance to our parade.
Pacific Roller Derby
Pacific Roller DerbyIn 2008, Pacific Roller Derby (Pacific) brought the excitement of roller derby back to Honolulu, Hawaii. The all female flat-track roller derby league has shown fans what it means to push one's self to their highest potential in one of the world's fastest growing female dominated sports.

[ URL ] http://www.pacificrollerderby.com/
Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko HawaiiRyukyukoku Matsuri Daiko originated in Okinawa in 1982, combining traditional Eisa and Karate forms with contemporary influences and music to create a new and unique taiko style. They remains headquartered in Okinawa; however, the club has grown tremendously and now includes chapters all around the world. Their own Hawaii chapter was founded by Akemi Martin-sensei and includes branches on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island.

[ URL ] http://rmdhawaii.org
Royal Hawaiian Band

Since the "Royal Hawaiian Band" has established in 1836 that was under The King Kamehameha 3rd rule, they have participating in the main events in Hawaii.

[ URL ] http://www.rhb-music.com
Sounds Of Aloha

Sounds Of Aloha The Sounds of Aloha is Hawaii's Men Barbershop Chorus. They have been meeting and performing in Hawaii and other parts of the world for over 60 years. It is made up of men of all ages who enjoy singing in the Barbershop Style.
They host their annual show at Hawaii Theatre on March 22, 2014.
The Hawaii Taiwanese Center
The Hawaii Taiwanese CenterThe Hawaii Taiwanese Center presents aboriginal song and dance, performed by volunteers of local Taiwanese and Taiwanese students of the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, and Brigham Young University. Joining them are the Three Techno Princes. They were gifted to Honolulu by the city of Kaohsiung and bring to you peace and good fortune!
The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i (JCCH)

The Japanese Cultural Center of HawaiiThe Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i (JCCH), a non-profit organization, strives to share the history, heritage and culture of the evolving Japanese American experience in Hawai'i.
The Korean Traditional Music Association of Hawaii
The Korean Traditional Music Association of HawaiiThe Korean Traditional Music Association of Hawaii has been participating in the Honolulu Festival Parade since 2001.
Wang Hong
Wang HongWang Hong's name translates into English as "rainbow" and the spectrum of talents that she employs in her performance are as beautiful and delicate as that ephemeral play of light.
She was raised in Harbin, far northeast province of China's border with the Soviet Union. At 10 years of age she started training as a gymnast but began her performance career as a dancer. She has worked in North America with world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, and for almost 20 years with the famed Tandy Beal Dance Theater company, as well as Tandy's offshoot, the New Pickle Circus.
Wang Hong has toured as an acrobat, a juggler and an antipodist (foot balancer): her presentation of an act employing those skills in the delicate manipulation of parasols has won for her the Gold Medal in Paris, at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, the most prestigious award in the world of circus.
Grace and strength combined in a performance unlike any you've ever seen.
Yasu Ishida
Yasu IshidaYasu is an award winning magician, who imbues the essence of Japanese traditional culture beautifully in his magic and storytelling.
He enthralled audiences all over the U.S. including his appearances the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. (the world's largest Japan festival), Disney Summer Stage Kids in New York and many others. He is also the founding artistic director of the Bento Rakugo storytelling troupe, which tours throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

[ URL ] http://www.yasutheatre.com

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  Miss Aloha Hawaii 2014
  Miss Philipina
  Miss Waikiki
  Pacific Fleet Marching Band
  Philippine Department of Tourism

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