The 27th Honolulu Festival will take place on March 12-14, 2021

Archives 2006(12th)

Date : Mar 10 (Fri), Mar 11 (Sat), Mar 12 (Sun)
Sub Theme : Celebrating Pacific Traditions

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Participating Performers

Shishi Odori Deer Dance, Tachikawa Doshinkai, Hirosaki Neputa “Genryu-kai”, Saitama Ryujin Matsuri Kai, Nakasu Kunihiro Onna Mikoshi, Yosakoi Nippon Sugaren, Edogei Kappore Kirakukai, Yasuco Shimizu and Her Fellow Singers, Kinki University Band, Tahiti Nui International, The Philippines’ Sining Kambayoka, Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, Descendance Aboriginal Dancers, and more.


The 12th Annual Honolulu Festival Album



Educational Program

Maui Mikoshi Design Contest 2006


The Maui Mikoshi Design Contest is an annual event held exclusively for high school students in Maui. Henry Perrine Baldwin High School won the Maui Mikoshi Design Contest By: Yuki Lei Sugimura (Japanese Cultural Society of Maui) The contending schools in the 3rd Annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest were Kamehameha Schools Maui, Lahainaluna High School and Henry Perrine Baldwin High School. We thought that the Japanese Americans of Henry Perrine Baldwin High School and their teacher, Ms. Takako Dickinson were winners in various ways. Ms. Dickinson developed a curriculum based on the cultural custom of mikoshi in one of her class. Then, her students designed the mikoshi in which she submitted to the contest. Approximately, 100 individuals including students and teachers were involved in this project. It can be said that this is a wonderful way to teach culture and tradition. Also, there was arson in the nearby classroom, but they were able to manage to submit on time. Hence, we thought that their efforts should be applauded. The mikoshi is a decorated palanquin which will be carried by approximately 40 adults on their shoulders in the parade. Also, the Maui Mikoshi Design Contest is a special program developed by the Honolulu Festival Foundation exclusively for all high schools in Maui. Its purpose is to serve the local communities as well as educating students about Japanese culture. Moreover, 45 individuals including students and teachers of Henry Perrine Baldwin High School were offered a round trip ticket, hotel voucher and shuttle to participate in the 12th Annual Honolulu Festival which was held from March 11 to March 12. Also, they carried their Maui Mikoshi and paraded on the streets of Waikiki during the Grand Parade on March 12. Coincidentally, both Kamehameha Schools Maui and Lahainaluna High School each won the previous contest in 2004 and 2005.

The Highlights of the 12th Annual Honolulu Festival


Shishi Odori or deer dance represents as folk entertainment of Iwate Prefecture which was also designated as Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property in Japan. Mar 11, Sat 11:15-11:35 Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Square) Mar 12, Sun 12:50 – 13:10 DFS Galleria 1st Floor Stage Mar 12, Sun 16:30-20:00 Grand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.) This group will be presenting a powerful taiko drumming performance with their giant taiko drum which is 2 meters in diameter. Mar 12, Sun 16:30-20:00Grand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.) The special exhibit of the “Friendship Tapestries” created from a total of 9094 Hawaiian quilts made by Hawaii lovers from all over Japan. Mar 11, Sat 10:00-17:00 Mar 12, Sun 10:00-15:00Hawaii Convention Center, Omatsuri Hiroba (Festival Square) Commemorative Ceremony Mar 11, Sat 11:00- Descendance from Australia will be participating again this year. They will be performing the Australian Aboriginal dance. Mar 12, Sun 13:25-13:55Hawaii Convention Center (Lobby Stage)Mar 12, Sun 16:30-20:00Grand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.) Amazing ukulele performance by Taimane Gardener, the Hawaii’s ukulele princess. Mar 12, Sun 11:05-11:10Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Square) This group will be performing exotic Tahitian dance. Mar 12, Sun 12:00-12:30Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Square) “Who is Ranald MacDonald?” – His Early Contribution to Japan-United States Relations – This seminar will be focusing on the life of Ranald MacDonald, the first American who made a visit to Japan by his own will. Mar 11, Sat 10:30-Hawaii Convention Center3rd floor Amphitheater, Room 310 The Craft Booths will be set up by over 100 vendors from Japan and Hawaii. Mar 11, Sat 10:00-17:00 Mar 12, Sun 10:00-15:00 Hawaii Convention Center There will also be a special appearance by the hula halau that won at the Merrie Monarch Festival. Mar 11, Sat 11:00-19:00Hawaii Convention Center3rd floor, Event Hall