The Grand Parade, one of the Honolulu Festival’s main events, took place in the evening of the final day to conclude the three day festivities. The parade features a wide variety of traditional dance and performances, an opportune moment for people to see the diverse cultural expressions by the participating teams from Hawaii, Japan, and the Pacific Rim countries.
Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki’s main street, became the center stage for this spectacular show.
Crowds gathered on Kalakaua Avenue, waiting for the parade to start. Participating teams began their performances during the 0.8 mile parade, starting Saratoga Road, located at the west end of Waikiki, and ending at the Waikiki Zoo in the east end.
It was the big finale moment for the participating teams that had already been performing on the stages and booths during this year’s festival.
At four p.m., different groups began their performances in front of four MC booths on Kalakaua Avenue.
Tokyo Metropolitan University All Boys Cheerleading Team MAXONS
CHIBA UNIV DOUBLE DUTCH CIRCLE AX
STUDIO DANCE ALIVE
In front ot Waikiki Shopping Plaza
Osaka University LoveLive! Group
Folk Song Group Yukikko
HALAU HULA O MOANIKEALA
In front of Moana surfrider Westin Resort
Osaka Gakuin University Phoenix Cheerleading Teamf
Flamenco Circle iVAMOS! in Waseda Universityf
KURIHARA TAKEHIRO TSUGARU SANGEN KAIf
In front of Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Aloha Dance Convention
Doyo Chorus Utanakama
MAHINALANI HULA STUDIO
When the performances began at four locations on Kalakaua Avenue, applause and cheering broke out among the highly anticipating spectators on both sides of the street.
This year, 66 groups participated in the Honolulu Festival. Performing live in the parade was the highlight for the groups that have been performing on stages and booths during the three day festival.
HONOLULU POLICE DEPARTMENT – MOTOR BRIGADE
HONOLULU FESTIVAL PARADE BANNER BY JAL JETS
JOINT FORCE COLOR GUARD
Royal Hawaiian Band
City of Nagaoka・Nagaoka Firework Team
Chigasaki City -Sister City of Honolulu-
Chigasaki-City Unicycle Japan Champion UCHIDA Sister & Brothers
Hawaii United Okinawa Association
Brazil Kenren -48th Imin Furusato Meguri Group
Grupo Peru / Aelucorp
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Miss Aloha Hawaii
65th Cherry Blossom Festival Court
The 69th Miss Narcissus Queen & Princess
Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
Hakuoh University Handbell Choir
International Flower Arrangement Association
The Miss Oahu Filipino Queen 2017-2018
2017-2018 National American Miss Hawai’I
Puanani Kobayashi Hula School
The DISTRICT 50 HAWAII LIONS CLUBS
Minna unicycle club
Hawaii Miyazaki Kenjin-Kai
Hawaii Taiwanese Center Lucoral Museum
Republic of the Marshall Islands
The 53rd Honolulu Sister City Goodwill Delegation from Hiroshima
SONODA GAKUEN HIGH SCHOOL
Miss Chinatown Hawaii Queens and Court
Sing Yung Dragon and Lion Dance Association
Alohappy! – We are Japanese Regional Characters -
Sunny Side Gospel Club
Yamato Seiran High School
Hawaii Tokai Internartional college
Inaho Otona Mikoshi
Izumo Taisha Mikoshi
Kenny Endo & Taiko Center of the Pacific
Inaho Kodomo Mikoshi
SAKURAGAOKA Junior & Senior High School
TOKYO VISUAL ARTS
Pikake Leilani Hula Halau
Taiwanese Association of America – Hawaii Chapter
JAPAN NANKIN TAMASUDARE ASSOCIATION
All Japan Gymnastics of Health Study Association
SAITAMA RYUJIN MATSURI KAI
Han-Ul (In Ha University)
BEST BODY INTERNATIONAL IN HONOLULU 2018
TAMA HAWAIIAN HULA
Ho Aloha Hula Club
Rissho Kosei-kai Buddist Church of Hawaii
Wagana Aboriginal Dancers
Remember 3.11 Kyushu Hula Girl Caravan
KASUYA Six Town Koryu Quilt No Kai
Sakuran / Ryushiranbu
Hilton Hawaiian Village Wikiki Beach Resort
Hirosaki Neputa Manji Kai
Honolulu Daijayama Booster Group
Well-rehearsed teamwork effort was clearly demonstrated in the beautifully in sync performances. When the sun set and darkness filled the air, the festival climaxed with the appearance of Honolulu Daijayama. It was met with spectators’ applause and cheers.
A wide variety of traditions and cultural expressions are respected in the land of Hawaii, promoting peace to permeate our society today.
“Searching for peaceful living through cultural exchanges among different ethnic groups” is our hope that the wave of exchanges among various ethnic groups and generations will continue in Japan, Hawaii, and the Pacific Rim countries and furthermore, that the friendly relationships among nations will contribute to world peace.