26th Annual Honolulu Festival March 6-8, 2020

Archives 2007(13th)

Date : Mar 9 (Fri), Mar 10 (Sat), Mar 11 (Sun)
Sub Theme : Pacific Renaissance

Participating Performers
Saijo Iwaoka Danjiri, Okayama Gakugeikan High School, Sonoda Gakuen High School, Suga-Ren, Tonosama Ren, Yasuco Shimizu and Her Fellow Singers, Tahiti Nui International, Republic of China (Taiwan) Nantou County Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, Descendance Aboriginal Dancers, and more.

Traditional game from Taiwan Educational Program

Education School Tour


Educational Program: Educational School Tour On Friday, March 9, about 250 students from 8 elementary through high schools in Oahu experienced various cultures such as Japan, Taiwan, Philippines and others. This was a valuable opportunity since they don’t have much chance to see the history and culture of different countries outside of Oahu in person. The students were introduced to Ehime’s Saijo Festival by the group Saijo Iwaoka Danjiri. They experienced taiko drumming which they looked interested as the powerful sound of the taiko drums resonated throughout the venue. Also, the students participated in the traditional Taiwanese folk dance offered by Nantou County Formasan Aboriginal Culture Village. Those who were […]

Teacher's speech Special

The Maui Mikoshi Unveiling Ceremony


Maui Mikoshi Design Contest The Maui Mikoshi Design Contest is an event held for high school students in Maui. This year’s winner was Kamehameha Schools Maui, which their students designed the Maui Mikoshi. Those who were involved in this project were invited to the festival and they attended the unveiling ceremony, which was held at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday, March 10. The Maui Mikoshi was unveiled by the representative students. In regards to the design of Maui Mikoshi, the contrast between gold and black was beautiful, which also consisted of Japanese and American flags. In addition, there was a banner which the names of various Pacific-region countries were […]

Panelist Wally Yonamine Special

The 4th U.S-Japan Cultural Exchange Seminar


The 4th U.S-Japan Cultural Exchange Seminar: “Building Friendships By Playing Hardball” The 4th U.S.-Japan Cultural Exchange Seminar was held at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday, March 10. 3 panelists discussed on an amicable relation between the U.S. and Japan from various perspectives through the topic of baseball. Both young and old gathered inside the venue. Also, there were many Japanese Americans assuming that because it is the “U.S.-Japan Cultural Exchange Seminar”. Mr. Wally Yonamine, who was a professional baseball player, a coach and also a baseball director in Japan shared his interesting stories in the seminar. Also, Mr. Duane Kurisu discussed the baseball business such as the Hawaii Winter […]

The Best Contribution Awards Special

Friendship Gala


Friendship Gala The Friendship Gala was held in the night on Saturday, March 10. This event promotes friendship and international goodwill among people from the Asia-Pacific region. The participating members and affiliates of the Honolulu Festival have gathered and deepened their friendships while enjoying the dishes prepared by popular chefs in Hawaii. The Best Contribution Award was presented by Mr. Irita, the President of the Honolulu Festival Foundation in honoring those devoted participants who have contributed for consecutive years. Afterwards, various performances were staged such as Australian Aboriginal dance by Descendance from Australia, traditional Taiwanese dance by Nantou County Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village from Taiwan. Also, Riatea Helm, a Hawaiian […]

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Maui Mikoshi Design Contest 2007


Kamehameha Schools Maui won the Maui Mikoshi Design Contest Imu Kamehameha maika’i! Kamehameha Schools Maui won the 4th Annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest for the 2nd time since Mr. Kealii Mossman and his students won the first contest back in 2004. The Maui Mikoshi was designed under the theme of this year’s Honolulu Festival which was “Pacific Renaissance”. A total of 33 members including students, guardians and teachers were offered a round trip ticket and hotel vouchers to attend the 13th Annual Honolulu Festival, which will be held from March 10 through March 12. Also, they will be participating in the Grand Parade, where they will be carrying their Maui […]

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Craft Fair


Cultural Exhibits and Craft Fair There were over 100 craft booths hosted by the locals at the Hawaii Convention for 2 days during the festive period on March 10 and March 11. There was a wide array of handmade crafts including paintings, clothes, bags and fashion accessories. Also, the Hawaiian booth offered ribbon leis. All of these items were ideal for souvenir gifts. There were exhibits and hands-on activities such as temari (handball), origami (paper-folding) and ikebana (flower arrangement), where you can learn traditional Japanese culture. Also, the folk instruments of Australia and Taiwan were introduced. It can be said that the Craft Fair created a rich international environment. The […]


Stage Performance


Stage Performance The performances of various countries were held at 3 locations including the Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center and Waikiki Beach Walk during the festive period for 2 days on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11. Hawaii Convention Center Festival Stage There was a lot of audience by the Festival Stage of the Hawaii Convention Center, which is used as a main stage for the Honolulu Festival every year. The participating groups presented various performances such as dance and others on a wide stage, which we felt their passion as well as their power. When the shamisen and taishogoto were being performed, the sound of those instruments […]

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Grand Parade


Grand Parade The Grand Parade was held on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki on the final day of the Honolulu Festival on Sunday, March 11. Many spectators gathered under the bright sun before the parade began and the roadside was packed. The parade was led by Mr. Mufi Hannemann, who is the Mayor of Honolulu. Then, next appearance was Miss Korea followed by the local marching band. Each participating group performed their best. Furthermore, the spectators have their own way of enjoying the parade. For instance, there were people who were shaking hands with the performers out of appreciation. Also, there were people who were watching the parade from the hotel […]

The Highlights of the 13th Annual Honolulu Festival


Saijo Iwaoka Danjiri will be showcasing the powerful Iwaoka Danjiri from Saijo, Ehime.  Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Square) [educational school tours (invitation only)] Mar 9, Fri 9:00-13:00 Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Square) Mar 10, Sat 10:00-17:00 Grand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.) Mar 11, Sun 16:30-20:00 “Yosakoi” is a dance originated from Tosa, Kōchi.  Hawaii Convention Center (Main Stage)Mar 10, Sat 13:55-14:15Ala Moana Shopping Center (Center Stage) Mar 11, Sun 14:25-14:45 Grand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.)Mar 11, Sun 16:30-20:00  The Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village from Taiwan will be presenting traditional performing arts. Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Square)[educational school tours (invitation only)]Mar 9, Fri 9:00-13:00 Ala Moana Shopping Center (Center Stage) Mar 10, Sat 12:45-13:15 Waikiki Beach Walk (Lewers St.)Mar 11, […]