For great cultural performances, events that connect people, and spectacular fireworks
Your support is crucial for the success of the Honolulu Festival
Honolulu Festival is the largest cultural event held in Hawaii, which promotes the mutual understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Japan, Hawaii and other Pacific Rim countries. The festival is run by the Honolulu Festival Foundation, a non-profit organization supported by the donations from local companies as well as individual donors.
The Honolulu Festival was started in 1995, and it is now widely recognized as an annual event in March. The three-day festival has grown to draw over 120,000 visitors who are looking for diverse cultural programs and activities.
Honolulu Festival Main Theme: Pacific Harmony
Goal: To seek a way for people to live peacefully together by means of cultural exchange
Honolulu Festival, which will hit the 26th anniversary in 2020, has adhered to the theme and the goal above. We hope to cultivate a community of people engaged in cultural exchange across ethnic groups and generations, thereby contributing to the world peace.
A wide range of programs and events take place during the Honolulu Festival.
Exciting stage performances by groups participating from around the world, amazing parade on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki filled with dances and floats, exhibitions and craft fairs that offer you a whole bunch of new experiences and encounters…
All of these events are great opportunities for people to interact and make friends with each other.
Honolulu Festival also hosts the educational program for the local community and students in Hawaii.
For instance, the Educational School Tour invites students to see the behind the scenes of the Honolulu Festival. And for the Maui Mikoshi Contest, high school students from the island of Maui design Japanese mikoshi (portable shrine), and the winning mikoshi is exhibited during the festival. Through such events, we provide a great chance for local children to get exposed to different cultures.
Lastly, no Honolulu Festival is complete without the spectacular Nagaoka Fireworks.
Honolulu and Nagaoka City, Niigata Prefecture officially became sister cities on March 2, 2012 in the hope of turning the tragedy of the past war into a positive bond and preserve the peace for future generations. Nagaoka Fireworks, which are launched as the finale of the Honolulu Festival, have been a tradition representing the city of Nagaoka, and they are infused with the spirit of mourning, reconstruction and the world peace.
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The Honolulu Festival Foundation
The Honolulu Festival Foundation was established in 2000 as a non-profit corporation under Chapter 415B of the Hawaii Revised Statutes. The Foundation is strictly limited to charitable, educational, and cultural exchange purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The primary objective of the Honolulu Festival Foundation is to provide the financial support to execute the annual Honolulu Festival for the citizens of Hawai‘i and its visitors at minimal to no cost to the public. The primary functions of the Honolulu Festival Foundation are to sponsor, maintain, develop, improve and ensure sustainability of the annual Honolulu Festival.
By sponsoring and promoting this Festival, the Foundation is proud to make an important contribution towards perpetuating culture, customs and traditions of Asians, Pacific Islanders, and the U.S. mainland. Other goals of the Foundation are to expand community support for the Honolulu Festival and provide economic support for the State of Hawai‘i. Organizers and volunteers of the Honolulu Festival represent a wide array of public and private entities locally and internationally. The Board of Directors of the Honolulu Festival Foundation includes leaders from Hawai‘i’s tourism and retail industries, corporate community and government organizations.