26th Annual Honolulu Festival March 6-8, 2020

Archives 2009(15th)

Date : Mar 13 (Fri), Mar 14 (Sat), Mar 15 (Sun)
Sub Theme : Heart of the Pacific, Creating Our Future

Participating Performers
Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancers, Tahiti Nui International – Tiare Heipua -, Hempfield Spartan Marching Band, Rafu Mutsumi Kai, MONTESSORI DE CAGAYAN DANCE TROUPE, Kalayaan Philippine Dance Theatre/La Salle Filipiniana Dance Company, Jujube Oi Lan Dochu from Hawaii, Enjoy the Honolulu Festival with Momoi, Tenshumonogatari, Ukulele Studio MAHANA, Miyagi Univ. Kosuzume, Obama Girls & Obama Boys, Ibaraki City Dance Drill Team World Wings, and more.

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Educational School Tour


One by one, the yellow school bus arrived in front of the Hawaii Convention Center. There were a total of 971 students from 12 schools which include elementary, junior high, high school and special school for the Educational School Tour.

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Friendship Gala


The Friendship Gala is an annual event hosted by the Honolulu Festival, where the participating groups, locals of Hawaii and tourists gather and enjoy many gourmets prepared by the local chefs. It is filled with so much excitement every year which only the participants will know.

The students were excited to carry a Mikoshi for the first time. Great memories were made at the Grand Parade! Educational Program

Maui Mikoshi Contest


The Maui Mikoshi’s unveiling ceremony was hosted by the Honolulu Festival on Saturday, March 14, 2009, at the Hawaii Convention Center. The Maui Mikoshi was designed by the students from Henry Perrine Baldwin High School which won the Honolulu Festival’s Mikoshi Design Contest for the second time.

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Educational School Tour 2009


One by one, the yellow school bus arrived in front of the Hawaii Convention Center. The students were led by their teachers as the doors opened. There were a total of 971 students from 12 schools which include elementary, junior high, high school and special school. The students visited various booths held by the participating groups inside the venue where performances and lectures were taking place. The students watched each performance with their shining eyes and asked many questions during the lecture. Some of the participating schools are already encouraging the students to study and learn about the foreign cultures and languages in class, which they were actively engaged in […]

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Ennichi Corner


The Ennichi Corner was the most popular event among children similarly to last year. There were traditional Ennichi games such as yo-yo fishing, goldfish scooping, shooting gallery and kendama.

Etegami booth. Children and adults eagerly created their own Etegami. Craft Fair

Craft Fair


The Craft Fair was held for 2-days on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15. There were various traditional crafts from Hawaii and Japan. Also, there was a variety of vendor booths which the visitors were observing each of them and stopped at their favorite.

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Grand Parade


The Grand Parade was held on the last day of the Honolulu Festival on Sunday, March 15, where over 100 performing groups paraded on the streets of Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki.

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Baldwin High School won the Maui Mikoshi Design Contest


The team Henry Perrine Baldwin High School led by Mr. Rory Sato won the Maui Design Contest for the second time since 6 years ago. This contest started as a social service, where it provides an opportunity to interact and learn about the Japanese culture for the youth in Maui since 2004.

Daidengaku was a collaboration of dancers from Japan and Hawaii. Hawaii Convention Center Festival Stage was packed for this performance. Stage

Stage Performance


There were performances of various cultures held on the Festival Stage at the Hawaii Convention Center. They include the Hawaiian music, hula dance and a live performance by Moana DNA which is a popular band among the locals in Hawaii.


The Highlights of the 15th Annual Honolulu Festival


*Please be advised this schedule may be subject to change without prior notice. Daidengaku The Daidengaku is a Japanese classical theater which was booming during the years of 1000-1600 in Japan. It is about giving a prayer to god for the rich harvest wearing a woven hat which is decorated with flowers. The performers also wear a 5 colored vivid costume and they will be dancing with a flute and drum. A total of 25 locals of Hawaii will be performing. Please enjoy the harmonious rhythm of Japan.  Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Stage) Mar 14, Sat 2:30pm – 3:00pmGrand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.) Mar 15, Sun 4:30pm – 8:00pm Tenshu Monogatari The Tenshu Monogatari […]

Feature Articles

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Omuta Dijayama and Honolulu Daijayama!


“The Daijayama is a treasure and strength of Omuta City which is one of the best festivals in the world.”

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The Japanese Subcultures such as anime and Akiba-kei are very popular in Honolulu!


Doraemon is a main character from one of the famous Japanese which is also recognized as the Anime Ambassador of Japan by the Ministry of Foreign Affair of Japan which came to the Honolulu Festival.

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The Honolulu Festival is Filled with Young Energy


Nippon Sport Science University Cheerleading Team VORTEX There were a total of 37 members of the cheerleading team, VORTEX from the Nippon Sports Science University. They participated through the local university cheerleading team. VORTEX is one of the famous teams which won many national cheerleading competitions in Japan. Also, the members will be performing in the Grand Parade which they specifically prepared for it since parading is different than performing on stage, where it requires to walk on the streets of Kalakaua Avenue. In addition, they had an opportunity to exchange with the students from the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University after the Honolulu Festival on March 16. […]

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The Spiting Fire of the Honolulu Daijayama in the Grand Parade


The Honolulu Daijayama is one of the highlights of the Honolulu Festival. The Hawaii Fukuoka Kenjin Kai gathered 10 volunteers to assemble the head part of the Honolulu Daijayama on Friday morning of March 13 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

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Daidengaku & Tenshu Monogatari – Feature Article


The Rare Japanese Performing Arts of the Feudal Japan were Staged in Honolulu.

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Feature Interview with Man Nomura


Kyogen Master
Man Nomura

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Feature Interview with Manzo Nomura


Kyogen Master
Manzo Nomura

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Feature Interview with Keiko Matsuzaka


Keiko Matsuzaka

The dancers at the Grand Parade on March 15th. The result of all the practices was displayed magnificently. Special

From a Port Town of Toba City, Mie Prefecture to the Honolulu Festival!


The members of Toba City Tourist Association participated at the Honolulu Festival, which will be their sixth time this year. Today, we interviewed the Executive Director, Kenji Komiyama.

The Obama Girls danced with ease. The sun shined on stage and the ladies had big smiles on their faces. Special

Feature Interview with Yasunori Maeno of Obama Girls & Obama Boys


The members of Obama Girls & Obama Boys participated at the 15th Annual Honolulu Festival for the first time in 2009. Recently, “Obama for Obama” support group that promotes the city of Obama, Japan is gaining a lot of media attention even in the U.S., since its name is same as the U.S. President, Barrack Obama. We interviewed Yasunori Maeno, who is the representative of Obama Girls & Obama Boys.

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The Participating Groups from the Asia-Pacific Region


This year marked the 15th anniversary of the Honolulu Festival. There were more participating groups from Japan and other countries of the Asia-Pacific region. Specifically, the groups from Australia, Philippines, Korea, Alaska and Hawaii participated this year. Each of them performed their traditional culture.