The Stage Performance was held at the Hawaii Convention Center and Waikiki Beach Walk on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Also, the 3rd stage was set-up at the DFS Galleria on the following day. On the other hand, the Centerstage of the Ala Moana Center was closed due to renovation.
There were various participating groups from the countries of the Asia-Pacific region such as Australia, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. In addition, the number of young performers has increased, since the schools have joined the Honolulu Festival as part of their curriculum. Aside from the actual performance, the students were exposed to intercultural experience which was a great opportunity for them.
The performance by Aboriginal Australians is popular every year. Also, the new group called Jaran Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Company participated this year. They performed the Australian Aboriginal dance and also performed various folk songs and dances of the Torres Strait Islands. These islands are located between northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. The dynamic Australian Aboriginal dance reminded of the red-soiled wilderness of the mainland Australia. On the other hand, the relaxed folk dance of the Torres Strait Islands, which the performers wore a colorful costume with a plume gave a totally different impression on Australia. Many may discover various traditional arts of Australia for the first time.
Also, the indigenous people of Japan called the Ainu from Hokkaido performed a traditional Ainu dance. The dance itself was recognized by UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. In addition, their dance told a story of a man who is in a dilemma on whether to shoot the beautiful bird with his bow and arrow. It depicted the life of Ainu people, where they respected the nature and peacefully coexisted with one another.