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

Archives 2014(20th)

Date : Mar 7 (Fri), Mar 8 (Sat), Mar 9 (Sun)
Sub Theme : Jubilation, One Heart, One Pacific, One World

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Craft Fair_2014(20th) Special

The 20th Annual Honolulu Festival Company Aloha Shirt Exhibition Contest


We held a special event called the “Company Aloha Shirt Exhibition Contest” for 2-days on March 8 and March 9, 2014 in the Hawaii Convention Center. The entrants were the 24 companies that do business in Hawaii. There were 27 aloha shirts displayed in the venue. They will be evaluated based on the design and the number of votes from the visitors. In addition, there were 3 aloha shirts from the famous local band called Moana DNA. Also a special recognition award was presented by Kona Bay. Each award was divided into 5 categories: My Choice In My Closet True Hawaii The Coolest Aloha Special Recognition Award by Kona Bay My Choice – The designs that you wish your partner to wear (regardless of gender). First Hawaiian Bank Hilton Hotel Lawson USA (Convenience Store) In My Closet – The designs that you wish to wear and keep in your closet. Delta Airlines Lawson USA (Convenience Store) Nippon Travel Agency Hawaii, Inc. True Hawaii – The designs that make you feel of Hawaii. Kintetsu International Hawaii Company (Travel Agency) First Hawaiian Bank (150th Anniversary Shirt) Nippon Travel Agency Hawaii, Inc. The Coolest Aloha – The coolest designs! Lawson USA (Convenience Store) First Hawaiian Bank Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa Marriott Hotel A Special Award presented by Kona Bay Nippon Travel Agency Hawaii, Inc. Comment: Its design reminded of the vintage aloha shirts of the 50’s. It is an opened-collared shirt which was the popular style in the 60’s and its buttons are uniquely designed. Also, the design of an old-fashioned red hibiscus adds the retro flavor to this aloha shirt. Overall- Top 3 Lawson USA (Convenience Store) First Hawaiian Bank (150th Anniversary Shirt) Kintetsu International Hawaii Company (Travel Agency)   Congratulations to those who were awarded! We would also like to appreciate those companies that participated in our exhibition! “Be proud of yourself, proud of company and proud of Aloha!!”


The 20th Annual Honolulu Festival Time Capsule Ceremony


The students left their messages inside a time capsule during the Honolulu Festival a decade ago. They were invited to the “Time Capsule Ceremony” to reveal each one. It was held as a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Honolulu Festival on Saturday, March 8, 2014. [ Interview ] The 1st Time Capsule Project Participating Student  Reece Matsumoto Reece is one of the students participated in the 1st Time Capsule Project a decade ago. Currently, he studies Accounting at The University of Southern California which he is out-of-state. Hence, he couldn’t attend the ceremony. With his family’s permission, we were able to conduct a phone interview. Honolulu Festival (HF): You wrote about your family’s Christmas tradition along with your drawings. What do you want to be doing 10 years from now? Reece Matsumoto (RM): In 10 years, I want to be a business consultant. HF: So you are planning to obtain a degree in Accounting and become a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), then work as a business consultant? RM: Yes. HF: That’s great! By the way, there will be over 11,000 students participating in the 2nd Time Capsule Project this year. Do you have any message for them? RM: Of course! Pursue your dreams and be proud of yourself, your culture and your heritage. HF: Thank you for your kind words! How is your campus life in California? RM: I like the climate in California very much. It doesn’t get too cold or snowy. I have classmates from China, Singapore, India and all over the world. At the same time, I’ve seen various foreigners in Hawaii so I didn’t feel strange or special about them. HF: That sounds interesting! Thank you very much for your time! RM: Thank you for choosing me for your interview! NEXT : Go back to ten years ago! “Messages of Students”


The 20th Annual Honolulu Festival Time Capsule Ceremony(2)


[ Messages of Students ] We would like to introduce some of the messages that were written a decade ago by the local students. << BACK

Share Your Voice

“Share Your Voice” Project 2014


The “Share Your Voice Project” is an educational collaborative project between the Honolulu Festival and Kapiolani Community College which was held for the fifth time. There were a total of 70 participants including the students from Bunkyo University, Nagasaki University in Japan and the staffs of the Honolulu Festival Foundation. Everybody played their role to make the project successful. The opening to the public was on March 8 and March 9, 2014. The objectives for the students were to report about the Honolulu Festival by their own words and interact with various people and cultures from Japan and Pacific Rim. This can improve one’s cultural awareness. Furthermore, the scene of the festival was shown online in real-time which is significant in promoting worldwide.   The students were divided into three teams: -Team Reporter; Those who were in charge of streaming on Ustream and Youtube. -Team SSN; Those who were in charge of the social media such as Facebook and Twitter. -Team Headquarters; Those who were in charge of monitoring and editing videos.   The Team Reporter struggled with using professional equipments, yet they managed to interview many of our participants at the Stage Performance and Craft Fair which were broadcast in live. At first, some of the interviewers looked nervous and awkward. However, the interviews were successful by each creative idea which was impressive.     The Team SNS carried cameras and took pictures of various events. Also, they interviewed many participants to deliver the excited atmosphere in real-time. In addition, some of the students in the Team HQ were in charge of editing videos. They checked the contents then worked on adjustment and created logo. Afterwards those videos were uploaded on Youtube, which gives an opportunity to watch for those who missed them on Ustream. Furthermore, those who were in charge of monitoring videos were also monitoring each team and sharing information with the Team SNS to upload each video on time.     Furthermore, each student took responsibility as one of the members of the Honolulu Festival Foundation and shown contribution, even though the project was assigned as part of their coursework. The students were successful in reporting about the uniqueness of different cultures and they were able to understand and value each culture. We will continue to cherish the cultural exchange and offer learning opportunities for the young generations through the Honolulu Festival!   The 20th Annual Honolulu Festival: Live stream Channel-1 Channel-2