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

*Please refrain from unauthorized use of images. Please contact the Foundation for secondary use requests.

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.

Educational Program

Education School Tour

2007(13th)

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 shy at first were enjoying dancing with the dancers as well. Furthermore, the students challenged the traditional bamboo dance of Philippines which was prepared by the University of Hawaii. They said with shining eyes that they’ve seen the mikoshi and bamboo dance on TV but this is the first time to see and experience the actual things. The teacher said that above all, the feeling of enjoyment is the first step in learning any subjects. They were enjoying the cultural exchange with the students as well.  Video Clip: Message from Nantou County Formasan Aboriginal Culture Village

Special

The Maui Mikoshi Unveiling Ceremony

2007(13th)

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 written in Japanese and English. The design reminded us about the harmony among Japan, the U.S. and other countries around the Pacific Rim. Afterwards, the students received the Honolulu Festival’s original happi and took a group photo in front of Maui Mikoshi. It was their first time to wear it so they looked confused, but they were helping each other which was a heartwarming scene. Also, the students carried the Maui Mikoshi in their happi during the Grand Parade which was held on the final day of the festival. [About Maui Mikoshi]  Interview with Mr. Kealii Mossman from Kamehameha Schools Maui  Interview with Ms. Lee from Kamehameha Schools Maui

Special

The 4th U.S-Japan Cultural Exchange Seminar

2007(13th)

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 League. It was very memorable when the audience was nodding their head as they carefully listened to those panelists. Also, there was laughter which created such a peaceful atmosphere.

Special

Friendship Gala

2007(13th)

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 female singer performed one of her hits. In addition, Awa-Odori was performed by Tonosama Ren and yosakoi dance was performed by Sugaizanairen. It was such a exciting night at the Friendship Gala, where all of the participants were united for the success of the Honolulu Festival.

Educational Program

Maui Mikoshi Design Contest 2007

2007(13th)

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 Mikoshi in Waikiki on Sunday, March 11. [ The Maui Mikoshi Unveiling Ceremony]   Theme of the Design By: Mr. Kealii Mossman and his students from Kamehameha Schools Maui This year’s Maui Mikoshi was designed under the theme of the 13th Annual Honolulu Festival, “Pacific Renaissance”. Its design expresses various countries around the Pacific Rim. The decoration on the Maui Mikoshi seems simple yet it includes the powerful cultural factors of Hawaii and Japan. We are paying respect to various Pacific Rim countries through the theme of this year’s festival. There is a golden kāhili on each corner of our mikoshi. A kāhili is a pole made out of bird fathers from the Kindom of Hawai’i which symbolizes the royal family. We used it to express the islands of Maui Nui including Maui, Moloka’i, Lānaʻi and Kaho’olawe. Also, the banners are standing in front and back of our mikoshi. The names of the countries of the Asia-Pacific region are written in English and Japanese on each side of those banners using black and gold colors. In addition, the national banners of Hawaii and Japan are standing in the front side. They don’t contain any words but instead, they are symbolizing both countries. Furthermore, Lahainaluna High School participated in this year’s Maui Mikoshi Design Contest. Coincidentally, both Kamehameha Schools Maui and Lahainaluna High School each won the previous contest in 2004 and 2005.

Craft Fair

Craft Fair

2007(13th)

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 activities such as goldfish scooping and fukiya (blowgun) were popular among the children. One of the visitors, Matthew Booths, who is 11 years old challenged fukiya for the first time. He inhaled deeply after he had concentrated his mind as he was instructed. Then, he instantly blew an arrow which he was very happy that it successfully landed on the target. The Craft Fair is a place where adults and children can enjoy.

Stage Performance

2007(13th)

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 resonated throughout the venue, which attracted visitors of the Craft Fair. Also, the Tahiti Nui International performed hula and Tahitian dance which were authentic. In addition, Riatea Helm, who is a singer that received a Grammy nomination performed her songs. Furthermore, both Sugaizanairen and Descendance performed dynamically. Also, there were cultural performances including hula dance which we enjoyed watching the colorful costumes worn by the performers. Waikiki Beach Walk The rain was pouring in the morning but it stopped suddenly and the performances were staged at the new Waikiki Beach Walk. This year, the group Descendance from Australia was first to perform on the new stage. They performed the Australian Aboriginal dance which excited the audience. Also, the audience were called on stage to dance with the hula dancers, who were waiting for their turn to perform. Their performance fitted well with the theme of this year’s Honolulu Festival, “Pacific Renaissance”. In addition, the passersby stopped and gazed at the stage with curiosity. The stage at Waikiki Beach Walk was a place where the colorful costumes of the performers looked bright on the lawn. Ala Moana Center There was a gentle light coming from the stairwell of the Ala Moana Center which brightened up the Centerstage. Many weekend shoppers were attracted by the music played on the stage. Furthermore, there were many hula groups from Japan this year as well. We enjoyed watching their bright colored costumes and beautiful dance. The locals were watching hula with friendly eyes and they gave a big round of applause to those dancers who were enjoying and dancing earnestly. Also, there were unique performances from Japan including the beautiful taishogoto, energetic dance by the Japanese high school students and Nankin tamasudare which is Japan’s traditional performing arts. Moreover, the participating groups from various Asia-Pacific countries other than Japan are increasing each year. The group Descendance from Australia performed the Australian Aboriginal dance and Chum Sa Rang from Korea performed traditional Korean dance. There were various cultural performances from each participating country which entertained us on the Centerstage of the Ala Moana Center.

Parade

Grand Parade

2007(13th)

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 room. Some were recording the scenes on camera and video. Last appearance was Saijo Iwaoka Danjiri from Ehime Prefecture. A lot of members carried a big mikoshi. Their performance was filled with dynamism and passion which excited the night of Waikiki.

The Highlights of the 13th Annual Honolulu Festival

2007(13th)

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, Sun 12:20-12:50 Hawaii Convention Center (Main stage)Mar 11, Sat 14:40-15:10 Grand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.)Mar 11, Sun 16:30-20:00 Descendance from Australia will be participating for the 3rd time this year. This group will be performing the Australian Aboriginal dance. Waikiki Beach Walk (Lewers St.)Mar 10, Sat 10:00-10:30 Hawaii Convention Center (Main Stage)Mar 10, Sat 14:55-15:25Ala Moana Shopping Center (Center Stage) Mar 11, Sun 13:15-13:45  Riatea Helm, who is a Hawaiian singer that received a Grammy nomination will be performing the songs with her beautiful crystalline voice. Hawaii Convention Center (Main Stage)Mar 10, Sat 12:10-12:40 Hawaii Convention Center (Main Stage)Friendship Gala   Admission $85 Mar 10, Sat 19:00-21:00Hawaii Convention Center (Main Stage)Mar 11, Sun 12:20-12:50 Theme: “Building Friendships By Playing Hardball” This seminar focuses on the life of Wally Yonamine, who was a professional baseball player that played for the Yomiuri Giants and Chunichi Dragons. He made many achievements in the world of baseball during the course of 38 years. He will be sharing his past experience and also, he will be discussing about the future of baseball as well as the foreign baseball players with 3 other panelists. Hawaii Convention Center 3rd floor Amphitheater, Room #310 Mar 12, Sun 12:00-12:30 The Friendship Gala is an event that promotes friendship and international goodwill among people from Asia-Pacific region. You can enjoy many dishes prepared by popular chefs in Hawaii. Also, various performances will be staged where you can listen and dance to the music. Admission: $85  Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Square)Mar 10, Sat 19:00-21:00 The Craft Booths will be set up by over 100 vendors from Japan and Hawaii.   Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Square)Mar 10, Sat 10:00-17:00Mar 11, Sun 10:00-15:00