The Friendship Gala was held on Friday, March 1, 2013, at the Hawaii Convention Center. There were 10 famous local restaurants, such as Roy’s Hawaii Kai, Chef Mavro, 12th Avenue Grill, Mariposa, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Nico’s at Pier 38, Tiki’s Grill and Bar, Hakone Restaurant, JJ Bistro and French Pastry and Honolulu Coffee Company. Each of them served their proud dishes of meats, fishes and desserts. The cheerleaders of Osaka Gakuin University from Japan welcomed each guest with lively “ALOHA” by the entrance as the doors opened at 6.30 p.m.. The delicious smell of various foods filled the venue. In addition, there was a long queue in each booth of the restaurant. It is enjoying waiting in line for the tasty food in pleasant anticipation. After the meal, each chef went on stage and introduced their self. We would like to appreciate all the chefs for offering such delicious dishes!

A warm and energetic welcome from the cheerleaders of Osaka Gakuin University.

The cheerleaders of Osaka Gakuin University welcomed each guest with energy and warmth.

Many guests waited patiently outside the entrance for the opening of the doors.

There were a lot of guests waiting outside by the entrance.

The Poke Sampler from Nico's at Pier 38 and Braised Lamb and Fresh Hawaii Vegetables  from 12th Avenue Grill

The Poke Sampler from Nico’s at Pier 38 and Braised Lamb and Fresh Hawaii Vegetables
from 12th Avenue Grill.

And from JJ Bistro and French Pastry, Double Chocolate Mousse with Coconut Chocolate Sauce

Double Chocolate Mousse with Coconut Chocolate Sauce from JJ Bistro and French Pastry.

A memorable moment among friends, delicious food and great company!

Enjoying delicious foods with friends!

The participating chefs of Honolulu get up on stage to be introduced.

The chefs from each restaurant introduced on the stage.

The presentation of Best Contribution Awards to performing groups that have participated in the Honolulu Festival for consecutive years.

The Best Contribution Awards was given to the performing groups that participated for consecutive years at our festival.

A warm message from Honolulu's mayor Kirk Caldwell.

The opening was greeted by Kirk Caldwell, who is the Mayor of Honolulu.


The first performance on stage was given by the children’s hula group called, Halau Hula Olana Keiki Hula. They won many hula competitions and represent for Oahu, which one can’t imagine the skillful steps and mature expressions from their naïvety. In addition, the famous singer-songwriter from Maui, Anuhea appeared on stage. The following day was her concert tour on the U.S Mainland. Despite of her busy schedule, she was willing to participate in the Friendship Gala. She played the guitar along with her percussionist. Her beautiful voice and sound of the instruments entertained the audience.

Halau Hula Olana's Keiki Hula (Children Hula)considered one of the best keiki hula groups in Hawaii.

Halau Hula Olana’s Keiki Hula considered one of the best children’s hula groups in Hawaii.

The very talented Anuhea has won Hawaii's Grammy Show, Nahoku Hano Hano Award.

Anuhea won Hawaii’s Grammy Show called the Na Hoku Hano Hano Awards.

The perfect blend of Anuhea's slightly husky  voice and the sound of her acoustic guitar, very pleasant and enjoyable.

Anuhea sang in her little husky voice accompanied by her acoustic guitar, which made the song harmonious.

Hiroshima Goodwill Ambassadors were having a great time at the Friendship Gala.

Hiroshima Goodwill Ambassadors also enjoying the party.









A lively and vigorous dance performance by Sonoda Gakuen High School from Hyogo Prefecture, Japan was one of the anticipated shows. The dancers were selected over 100 students, which they performed amazingly that even their own peers cheered them.

Furthermore, Youth Theatre Japan also from Hyogo Prefecture performed their songs and dances. The performers were children however, they are experienced enough to do their shows locally and globally.

The last performance was by Sugaren from Japan which they performed differently than last year. The crowded movement of the dancers with a blight red dress looked as if it was a blazing fire. In addition, their dance spirit was hot as fire. At last, the audience danced  along with them, which the show concluded with happiness.

The Friendship Gala is a place to enjoy various dishes from Oahu’s finest restaurants and a place for cultural exchange. It can also serve as a place for a reunion among our annual participants. Our festival will be more enjoyable and memorable by developing each fellowship and making new friends!

The youthful performance of the girls of Sonoda Gakuen High School brightened up the stage in an instant.

A youthful dance performance by Sonoda Gakuen High School instantly brightened up the stage.

The little entertainers of Youth Theatre Japan, singing in English, will surely be successful on the international stage.

Those young entertainers of Youth Theatre Japan dancing and singing in English have potentials for success on an international sale.

The powerful and dynamic dance of SUGAREN will fascinate and energize anyone who sees it.

The powerful and dynamic dance performance by Sugaren will fascinate the audience.

Members from the audience join on stage to dance along with SUGAREN dancers.

The audience went on stage to dance along with Sugaren.

The dance reaches its climax and then there's the finale. Let's get together again next year, let's dance together again next year!

The show reached its finale. Let’s all have fun again next year!

Friendships are made at the Friendship Gala. Aichi Prefecture's Obu Hana Matsuri/Obanakai members pose with Miss Kona Coffee for a photograph.

Everybody will be your friend. Above is the picture of the members of Obu Hana Matsuri Obanakai with Miss Kona Coffee.