15th Annual Honolulu Festival (2009)

The 15th Annual Honolulu Festival (2009)

gala_07The Friendship Gala was held at the Hawaii Convention Center in the evening of Saturday, March 15, 2009, where various performances were taking place during the day.

This is an annual event hosted by the Honolulu Festival, where the participating groups, locals of Hawaii and tourists gather and enjoy many gourmets prepared by the local chefs. It is filled with so much excitement every year which only the participants will know.

There was already a long queue before the opening at 7 p.m. The venue became lively as the doors opened, where there were over 1,300 visitors. Also, many medias were present compared to previous years which were impressive.

The 12 food booths and bars run by the celebrity chefs from the finest restaurants in Hawaii including Alan Wong’s, Roy’s Hawaii Kai, Nobu Waikiki, 3660 on the Rise and Chef Mavro were surrounding the seats of the audience inside the spacious venue. Each of them prepared appetizer, main dish and dessert which were made with fresh, local ingredients. They include the local ahi and mahi mahi. Also there were abalone, greater amberjack as well as Hamakua mushrooms from the Big Island. In addition, the Maui onions and Kula strawberries were used. Those dishes prepared with fresh ingredients by the top-notch chefs can’t go wrong. It was such a luxurious opportunity to try them all at once. Everybody was smiling happily and enjoying their food.

The ceremony for the Honolulu Festival Contribution Award was held on the main stage around 8 p.m. Each of the winning group was invited to the stage. Sugaizanairen from Kochi Prefecture received the Best Contribution Award as a result of their long-year participation from the first Annual Honolulu Festival to the present.

The members of Sonoda Gakuen High School are believed to be the most spirited group at the Honolulu Festival. They showed their vigorous performance after the ceremony. Also, they performed off stage as well and cheered the audience.

Next was the energetic yosakoi dance by Sugaizanairen. It was followed by the live performance by Moana DNA representing for Hawaii. The audience were shouting and dancing together on stage which was very lively.

Moreover, there were performances from various countries such as the Philippine dance by the children of Montessori De Cagayan Dance Troupe from the Philippines.

Furthermore, the last performance was Awa-Odori by Tonosama Ren from Tokushima Prefecture in which they participated last year as well. Everybody danced in unity along with the music which went beyond the language barrier.

Ruth's Chris Steak House's juicy tenderloin steak dish.

Beef tenderloin steak by Ruth’s Chris Steak House is tender but juicy at the same time.

Members of the Luna Party from Kanagawa Prefecture's Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri dressed in their colorful costumes.

The members of Lunar Party from Kanagawa Prefecture participated with a colorful costume of Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri.

The powerful group Saitama Ryujin Matsuri Kai was very noticeable. They were enjoying the Gala and were all smiles.

The spirited members of Saitama Ryujin Matsuri Kai stood out from the crowd, which there were a lot of vigorous smiles.

The Sonoda Gakuen High School girls brought energy and excitement to Hawaii. Their colorful costumes brightened the stage once again.

The members of Sonoda Gakuen High School bring happiness to Hawaii. They looked great in their matching uniform this year as well.

The audience cheered and clapped for each performance. They were all having a great time.

The cheers and applause were unstopping in which the audience were genuinely enjoying the performances.

The young dancers of Montessori de Cagayan from the Philippines. Such amazing dance movements and expressions left the adults speechless.

They are the children of Montessori De Cagayan Dance Troupe from the Philippines. Their expressions were flawless which can be compared to the skills of the adult dancers.