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

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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.

Educational Program

Educational School Tour

2009(15th)

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

2009(15th)

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.

Educational Program

Maui Mikoshi Contest

2009(15th)

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.

Educational Program

Educational School Tour 2009

2009(15th)

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 cultural exchange. Also, Mr. Richard Yasukochi who is the Chairman of the Honolulu Daijayama explained about the Japanese ogre which the elementary students asked whether there are good and bad ogres. It was such a peaceful atmosphere where there were many questions and answers. Also, the children looked anticipated to see the Honolulu Daijayama that fires the firework during the Grand Parade. [ Read more ] 

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Ennichi Corner

2009(15th)

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.

Craft Fair

Craft Fair

2009(15th)

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.

Parade

Grand Parade

2009(15th)

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.

Educational Program

Baldwin High School won the Maui Mikoshi Design Contest

2009(15th)

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.

Stage

Stage Performance

2009(15th)

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.

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The Highlights of the 15th Annual Honolulu Festival

2009(15th)

*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 is a reader’s theater which the story takes place on the top floor of the Japanese castle tower called “Tenshukaku”, where the ghost of Tomihime lives with her handmaids after Tomihime’s unnnatural death. She was captivated by the young warrior whose heart was pure and they fell in love, where a surprise fate awaits them. Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Stage) Mar 14, Sat 2:00pm – 2:30pm   Our group Obama Girls & Obama Boys consist of students from the hula class in Obama City, Fukushima Prefecture. The age of the students range from 10 to 80. Our city shares the same name with Barrack Obama, who was elected as the U.S. president. Also, the group was created with hope for world peace. In addition, Barrack Obama is from Hawaii; hence, we chose one of the traditions of Hawaiian culture which was the hula dance. We feel honored to be able to perform our dance in the hometown of a president, even though we are still immature dancers.   Ala Moana Shopping Center Mar 14, Sat 11:45am – 12:10pm            Waikiki Shopping Plaza              Mar 15, Sun 2:05pm – 2:30pm Grand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.)  Mar 15, Sun 4:30pm – 8:00pm   Doraemon is a famous animation character in Japan which will be coming to the Honolulu Festival! The film screening of DORAEMON THE MOVIE: NOBITA AND THE LITTLE DINOSAURS will be held at the Hawaiii Convention Center. You can also take pictures with the real Doraemon for free. Stay tuned! Hawaii Convention Center  DORAEMON THE MOVIE: NOBITA AND THE LITTLE DINOSAUR (English subtitle) Mar 14, Sat 1:30pm – Mar 15, Sun 12:00pm –   Montessori De Cagayan will be coming to perform in the Honolulu Festival for the first time from Tuguegarao City in the Province of Cagayan, which is in the northern part of the Philippines. The elementary students will be performing the folk dance. Their costume may captivate the Philippine communities in Hawaii. Waikiki Shopping Plaza  Mar 14, Sat 10:00am – 10:30am Hawaii Convention Center (Friendship stage)  Mar 15, Sun 11:10am – 10:40am Grand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.)  Mar 15, Sun 4:30pm – 8:00pm   The Alaska Native Heritage Center Dancers encourage the youth to share and learn the Alaskan native dance, which they pass on the Alaskan culture to the next generation. They are performing all over the U.S. Also, the group started as an after-school program at the Alaskan Native High School in 2001, which won the Presidential Award in 2008. The members of the group are all passionate Alaskan Natives. They wear the traditional ceremonial dress and perform their dance that reflects the legends and lives of their culture. Hawaii Convention Center (Friendship Stage)  Mar 14, Sat 3:00pm – 3:30pm Hawaii Convention Center (Friendship Stage)  Mar 15, Sun 1:40pm – 2:10pm Grand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.)  Mar 15, Sun 4:30pm – 8:00pm   The Anime Corner will be opened at the 15th Annual Honolulu Festival for the first time. There are various activities such as the Maid Cafe, manga library and manga workshop. Also, the Hawaii’s Kawaii Kon will be coming to the festival in their cosplay costume. In addition, Haruko Momoi who is an Akiba-Kei idol showed such an exciting performance last time is being scheduled to appear this year as well.  Hawaii Convention CenterMar 14, Sat 10:00am-5:00pmMar 15, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm   The powerful Honolulu Daijayama will be coming back to the Grand Parade from Omuta City, Fukuoka Prefecture with Chibbiko Daijayama. The fireworks that spark from the head of Daija brighten up the night sky of Waikiki. The Honolulu Daijayama is the last appearance in the parade which their performance is filled with energy and excitement. Don’t miss it!  [ See more ] Grand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.) Mar 15, Sun 4:30pm – 8:00pm   Tonosama Ren will be performing Awa-Odori which is a type of bon dance originated in Tokushima Prefecture. They are one of the experienced groups in Japan. The male dancer will be dancing the wild Abare-Odori and the female dancer will be dancing in a graceful manner. Their mission is to pass the tradition of Awa-Odori to the next generation. Also, they enjoy dancing for Tokushima Prefecture and world peace. Please enjoy watching their Awa-Odori with the music of narimono instrument.[ See more ] Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Stage)  Mar 15, Sun 10:35am – 10:55am   Waikiki Beach Walk (Lewers St.)  Mar 15, Sun 1:50pm -2:10pm Grand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.)  Mar 15, Sun 4:30pm – 8:00pm   “Yosakoi” is a festival which was originated 56 years ago in Tosa City, Kochi Prefecture. Suga-Ren/Sugaizanairen will be performing the Izanai Yosakoi dance with hope of world peace and share their great energy which captivates people around the world. [ See more ] Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Stage)  Mar 14, Sat 1:45pm – 1:55pm Waikiki Shopping Plaza  Mar 15, Sun 11:10am – 11:20am Grand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.)  Mar 15, Sun 4:30pm – 8:00pm   Tahiti Nui International is a group that protects and preserves the Polynesian culture of France, arts and crafts which they pass onto the next generation. Please enjoy watching their exotic Tahitian dance. Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Stage) Mar 15, Sun 11:10am – 11:40am   Descendance will be participating for the 5th consecutive year. They are very popular aboriginal group which perform in more than 15 countries and known world-wide. Also, they have been performing the traditional and contemporary Australian aboriginal culture and music to the world. Please look forward to watch their powerful and exciting, yet a bit comical performance at the Honolulu Festival. [ See more ] Hawaii Convention Center (Friendship Stage) Mar 14, Sat 11:50am – 12:20pm Mar 15, Sun 1:05pm – 1:35pm   Grand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.) Mar 15, Sun 4:30pm – 8:00pm   Manoa DNA is a new popular family band in Hawaii. DNA is an acronym for Dad (LLoyd Kawakami), Nick (son), Alex (son). One of their songs Discover Aloha With Me was used for the TV commercial of the campaign “So Much More Hawaii“ run by the Hawaii Tourism Authority in 2008. [ See more ] Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Stage) Mar 14, Sat 12:00pm – 12:30pm Mar 15, Sun 11:55am – 12:55pm   Henry Perrine Baldwin High School won the Maui Mikoshi Design Contest for the second time this year since 2006. This contest is an educational program hosted by the Honolulu Festival for the high school students in Maui. [ See More ]  Hawaii Convention Center Maui Mikoshi Unveiling CeremonyMar 14, Sat 3:30pm –   Grand Parade (Waikiki/Kalakaua Ave.) Mar 15, Sun 4:30pm – 8:00pm   The Ennichi Corner will be back with more activities. You can experience take-tombo (bamboo-copter), goldfish scooping and yo-yo fishing. Also, you can enjoy eating cotton candy and wearing a yukata in which you can take pictures in it. In addition, the fortune teller will be participating this year. [ See 2008 report ]  “Ennichi” is a special day for the Japanese to celebrate their relation with a particular deity.  [ See More ]  Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Square)Mar 14, Sat 10:00am-5:00pmMar 15, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm   Poakalani & Co.Hawaiian Quilt Exhibition will be held inside the Hawaii Convention Center. This event is hosted by Mr. John Serrao, who is known as one of Hawaii’s best quilt designers in Oahu. The displayed Hawaiian quilts are made by the students of Poakalani & Co., which their demonstration and workshop will also be held as a part of the program. [ See more ] [ See 2008 report ]  Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Square)Mar 14, Sat 10:00am-5:00pmMar 15, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm   There are more than 100 shops running the booths of craft from Japan and Hawaii, where you can experience origami (paper-folding), ikebana (flower arrangement) and so forth. [ See more ] [ See 2008 report ]  Hawaii Convention Center (Festival Square)Mar 14, Sat 10:00am-5:00pmMar 15, Sun 10:00am-3:00pm   The Friendship Gala is filled with excitement every year. You can get to taste a variety of dishes prepared by the chefs from the popular restaurants in Hawaii. Also, some of the participating groups will be performing on stage. Please come and enjoy this rare opportunity.[ See more ] [ See 2008 report ]  Hawaii Convention CenterMar 14, Sat 7:00pm – 9:00pm Ticket Fee $85

Feature Articles

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Omuta Dijayama and Honolulu Daijayama!

2009(15th)

“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!

2009(15th)

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

2009(15th)

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. One of the audience from Kailua who was watching the performances at the Ala Moana Center said “This is my second time to visit the Honolulu Festival. I think it is a wonderful festival where you can watch various kinds of performances. I was just watching the performance by the cheerleading team VORTEX from the Nippon Sports Science University which was very energetic and lively. I was glad to receive such a youthful energy.” [ VORTEX website ] VOICE The reactions from the audience were terrific. We also received a lot of energy from them. Rumi Kunikata- Captain of the team Vortex This is my first time to visit Hawaii. It is difficult to smile during our hard practice however, we are trying our best to always maintain our energetic smiles. I felt that the reactions from the audience were terrific in Hawaii, which we also received a lot of energy from them. VOICE I get very energized every time I see the performance by VORTEX Haruno Suzuki- audience I live in Hawaii. Previously, I’ve had a chance to exchange with the members of VORTEX with few of my teammates through cheerleading. I came to support them which I also made a banner. Unlike the U.S., Japan has less male cheerleaders. I would like for the males to be more active in the cheerleading world. I get very energized every time I watch the performance by VORTEX. I had a little headache but as soon as I watched them perform, my pain went away. Please support them! Miyagi University, Kosuzume Kosuzume is one of the club activities in Miyagi University which contribute to the local communities through performing the Japanese traditional dance called the “Suzume-Odori”. There are over 100 members and 11 of them were chosen to perform at the Honolulu Festival. Also, it was the first time to perform overseas which the members of Kosuzume made a new song and choreography by themselves. Furthermore, Kosuzume is a talented group that won twice in the most authoritative competition of the Suzume Odori called “Dokuganryū Masamune”. The members were very excited to show their traditional dance of Miyagi Prefecture to people from around the world. [ Miyagi University Kosuzume websitee ] VOICE It was our first time to perform overseas, but I was able to relax and enjoy from the bottom of my heart. Shuhei Inomata- the member of Kosuzume It was our first time to perform overseas, but I was able to relax and enjoy from the bottom of my heart. All of our members performed their best so I think our performance scored 100%. Thank you very much for all you support. VOICE I think it is a truly wonderful thing that young people are inheriting the tradition of their own culture. Chris- audience I’m from New Jersey. I’ve seen various Japanese traditional arts but I watched the Suzume-Odori for the first time which I really liked their unique shouts and movements. I think it is a truly wonderful thing that young people are inheriting the tradition of their own culture. Please continue to do your best. Ritsumeikan University dig up treasure Ritsumeikan University dig up treasure participated for the second time this year which entertained the audience with their Double Dutch performance. Double Dutch is a performance that shows various techniques inside the two spinning jump ropes. Furthermore, the members of Ritsumeikan University dig up treasure partcipated in the Kansai regional tournaments as well as the national tournaments in Japan. Also, they are performing around the world to spread Double Dutch. [ Ritsumeikan dig up treasure website ] VOICE Our spirit was 100% Shun- the member of Ritsumeikan University dig up treasure If I were to score our performance, I would give a score of 50 out of 100 because we kind of made a lot of mistakes. Despite of it, our spirit was 100%. We enjoyed Hawaii so much. We are glad that we were able to please our audience. The audience in Hawaii are so upbeat! VOICE They should be more active around the world! Janice- audience The members of Ritsumeikan University dig up treasure were so wonderful! They should be more active around the world. I never experienced Double Dutch but it looks difficult. Also, they were young, energetic and lively which made us audience feel happy with their skillful performance. I enjoyed it very much. Hosei University Team Hosei Team Hosei is a group from Hosei University consisted of students and one of their teachers. They are experienced yosakoi dancers that annually participate in the festival called “Harajuku Omotesando Genki-sai Festival Super Yosakoi” which is held once every summer in Japan. There were 6 members that came to perform for this year’s Honolulu Festival. They said “Dancing “joyfully” and “charmingly” is our motto. We will perform our best even though we have fewer members.” Furthermore, the uniqueness about Team Hosei is that they have originality. Also, the members are lively and effortful. All of their songs, choreographies and costumes are original. After the performance, the members took pictures with the tourists and interacted with people from various countries without having a language barrier. VOICE My movement tends to be unbalanced since I make mistakes during our dance but please support us to the end!  Tadashi Okanouchi- Professor at Hosei University/ the member of Team Hosei We decided to participate in the Honolulu Festival through a person that I met in the “Harajuku Omotesando Genki-sai Festival Super Yosakoi”. Also, I’m not an adviser but one of the dancing members of our group. The members of Team Hosei are the students from my Development Sociology seminar. Originally, we started for the social development of our school’s campus.  It’s been 6 years since we first initiated. Also, we began practicing for the Honolulu Festival about one month ago. My movement tends to be unbalanced during our performance since I make mistakes but please support us to the end. VOICE I had so much fun performing. Ayaka Sato- the member of Team Hosei Most of our members were first time to visit and perform in Hawaii. We focused on practicing in a short period of time. I had so much fun performing. I thought Hawaii is absolutely a wonderful place where the people and climate are warm. Tokyo Jitsugyo High School Phoenix Regiment Once again the marching band of Tokyo Jitsugyo High School, Phoenix Regiment participated this year. This high school has a rich history which is located in Ota, Tokyo Nishi-Kamata. The members of Phoenix Regiment is proud of their friendliness among teammates. The group was established 31 years ago. Also, they appeared in the Japan Marching Band Baton Twirling Contest for 23 times which they won the Grand Prix and received the Gold Award for 18 times. Before the performance, the members calmly said “We will enjoy and perform our best.” Also, the alumni will be joining the group in which they practiced and prepared for their best performance in a short period of time. VOICE I think our performance was flawless with a score of 100.  Hiroki Taguchi- the member of Phoenix Regiment I enjoyed performing very much. I think our performance was flawless with a score of 100. All of our audience was upbeat which we were able to dance gracefully to the end. VOICE I saved up my money for this wonderful opportunity to visit Hawaii. Ikumi Tamura- the member of Phoenix Regiment We made a few mistakes during our performance but we were able to enjoy dancing. I saved up my money for this wonderful opportunity to visit Hawaii. I’m a bit tired from the performance but I would like to go enjoy shopping. VOICE Their style was different compared to the marching band in the U.S. which was energetic and charming. Deana- audience I watched the performances about an hour and the marching band Phoenix Regiment was especially interesting to watch. Their style was different compared to the marching band in the U.S. which was energetic and charming. Sonoda Gakuen High School The students of Sonoda Gakuen High School participated for the fourth time in the Honolulu Festival this year. A total of 179 students came to Hawaii which has the greatest number of members. Sonoda Gakuen High School is in Amagasaki City, Hyogo Prefecture which has a rich history. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the school. When the members appeared on the Kalakaua Avenue during the Grand Parade, the streets were covered in sky blue. They were vigorous and filled with smiles. Moreover, they practiced for about a year from April of last year. There was an incident where the song stopped playing during the performance. However, the members of Sonoda Gakuen High School continued smiling which their audience cheered them.They participated  as part of their school trip. They also climbed up Diamond Head and enjoyed shopping in Waikiki as well as at the Ala Moana Center. [ Sonoda Gakuen High School students’ Hawaii Excursion Report ] Wouldn’t you like to create fond memories of school life by participating in the Honolulu Festival? [ Contact Us ]

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The Spiting Fire of the Honolulu Daijayama in the Grand Parade

2009(15th)

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

2009(15th)

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

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Feature Interview with Man Nomura

2009(15th)

Kyogen Master
Man Nomura

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Feature Interview with Manzo Nomura

2009(15th)

Kyogen Master
Manzo Nomura

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Feature Interview with Keiko Matsuzaka

2009(15th)

Actress
Keiko Matsuzaka

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

2009(15th)

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.

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Feature Interview with Yasunori Maeno of Obama Girls & Obama Boys

2009(15th)

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

2009(15th)

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.