14th Annual Honolulu Festival (2008)

The 14th Annual Honolulu Festival (2008)

The annual Friendship Gala was held at the Hawaii Convention Center in the evening on the 2nd day of the festival. There were members of the participating groups, local businesses as well as the general guests. This is an exciting event where you can enjoy various dishes offered by the famous restaurants in Hawaii.

The venue was filled with guests as the doors were opened. Also, there were long queues at the booths where there were 16 restaurants offering their dishes. Those chefs were very busy in which they served their customers up front and diligently prepared for more dishes in the back.

The following were the 10 participating restaurants:

  • The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong
  • Hoku’s
  • Beachhouse at the Moana
  • Roy’s
  • Hakone Restaurant
  • Nobu Waikiki
  • Chef Mavro
  • The Willows
  • Bluwater Grill
  • Tavola Tavola Italian Osteria
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House
  • Hong Kong Harbour View
  • Gros Bonnet Culinary Academy
  • Sammy’s
  • Mariposa
  • Hy’s Steak House
The plates of food all lined up in a row

Array of delicious dishes.

The chefs prepare and serve the dishes quickly

The chef quickly prepares the dish.

A dessert representing 2008, the Year of the Rat

This is a dessert that celebrates the Year of the Rat, 2008.

Pineapple Room’s crew

Pineapple Room

Sammy’s Restaurant

Sammy’s Restaurant

Gros Bonnet Culinary Academy

Gros Bonnet Culinary Academy

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Also, there was an opening ceremony held on stage which was led by Kei Segawa and Alice Inoue by the time when everybody’s stomach was full. Afterwards, an awarding ceremony was held for the Best Contribution Award given by Mr. Sugi, who is the President of the Honolulu Festival Foundation. Each representative of the chosen group received the award with gratitude, which the members were cheering and taking pictures in front of the stage.

After the ceremonies, the following groups performed on stage:

  • Descendance (Australia)
  • Nantou County Formasan Aboriginal Culture Village (Taiwan)
  • Manoa DNA (Oahu, Hawaii)
  • Sugaizanairen (Kochi, Japan)
  • Tonosama Ren (Tokushima, Japan)

During the last performance by Tonosama Ren, the audiences went up on stage and danced Awa-Odori with the performers. The people from various countries and different parts of Japan were united as one at the Honolulu Festival. The scene where everybody gets together and enjoys dancing symbolizes peace and friendship. Every year, the Friendship Gala offers a place to make friends.

Wonderful emcees- Kei Segawa and Alice Inoue

Kei Segawa and Alice Inoue led the opening ceremony in a smooth manner.

The Best Contribution Awards presented to loyal supporters

The Best Contribution Awards. The Honolulu Festival can be successful because of all your support.

Pride and joy of receiving the Best Contribution Award

The members of the chosen group rejoiced together.

A quiet moment, Manoa DNA singing “Nada Sousou”

The cover song “Nada Soso” performed by Manoa DNA made us feel emotional.

The powerful performance of Suga-Ren, their 14th participation at the Honolulu Festival

The powerful performance was given by Sugaizanairen which is their 14th consecutive time to participate this year.

President of the Honolulu Festival Foundation Mr. Sugi and his wife enjoy Awaodori with the other participants

President of the Honolulu Festival Foundation Sugi and his wife were dancing Awa-Odori on stage with the audiences.

Awaodori by Tonosama Ren

Awa-Odori by Tonosama Ren.

All joined to dance below the stage

Awa-Odori was performed even off the stage.

The whole gala area full of Awaodori dancers

Awa-Odori excited everybody.