26th Annual Honolulu Festival March 6-8, 2020

Archives 2015(21st)

Date : Mar 6 (Fri), Mar 7 (Sat), Mar 8 (Sun)
Sub Theme : Creating Cultural Friendships with Aloha
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Educational School Tour


The Educational School Tour was held at the Hawaii Convention Center on March 6, 2015. This is a tour for the local students to see the behind-the-scenes of our Honolulu Festival, where approximately 1,500 students from kindergarten through high school experience and learn various cultures. Also, it focuses on the field of “education”, which is one of the themes of the Honolulu Festival along with the “cultural exchange” and the “environment” for the next 20 years. There were 20 performing groups from all over the world which they gathered to present their unique cultures toward the children and welcomed them. The “Japanese Mascot Characters”, “Child Book Reading”, “‘Oli ‘Oli Walker Riding Experience”, […]

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Friendship Gala


The Friendship Gala was held on March 6, 2015, on the first night of the Honolulu Festival at the Hawaii Convention Center. The Best Contribution Award was held just before the party in showing respect to our long contributors of the participating groups at the Honolulu Festival. The award was given by President of the Honolulu Festival Foundation, Mr. Tsukasa Harufuku. The guests were queuing in front of the venue around 18:40 even though the opening was scheduled at 19:00. All the participants entered into the venue around the same time, where it was very crowded and lively. There were 5 fancy local restaurants proudly preparing and serving the dishes. These […]

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Stage Performance


Our dynamic Stage Performance was held on March 7 and March 8, 2015, performed by the participating groups of the Honolulu Festival. There were various performing groups from Japan, Hawaii, Australia, Korea, Taiwan, Alaska and other countries around the Pacific Rim. There were 4 stages at the respective locations: Festival Stage, Fureai Stage at the Hawaii Convention Center CenterStage at the Ala Moana Center Special Stage at Waikiki Beach Walk A lot of people were enjoying the performances at each venue. There were wide range of genres from an energetic and speedy Hip-Hop dance, to a graceful hula dance, traditional dances, baton twirling, ukulele play and singing. The performers looked […]

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Film Festival


The Film Festival was held on March 7 and March 8, 2015, by the Consulate General of Japan and the Honolulu Festival Foundation at the Hawaii Convention Center. The following films were screened: Special short movies from Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market Mission Impossible: Samurai Hustle Special short movies for kids from Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market The Garden of Words Sakanakami ~God of Fish~ Go for Broke ~the Memories of Hawaii Japanese Niseis! The admission was free for both adults and children. A total of 2,030 people came to our Film Screening. On the first day, the actress, Sora who played a role in the […]

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Symposium- “Vision for the Future Ecotourism of Hawaii”


The theme for the Honolulu Festival will be divided into 3 categories for the next 20 years. They are “Cultural Exchange”, “Education” and “Environment”. The symposium was held on March 7, 2015, from 13:00 to 16:00 up on the 3rd floor of the Hawaii Convention Center. The theme was related to the environmental aspect which was entitled as a “Vision for the Future Ecotourism of Hawaii”. It discussed about the potentials of ecotourism and how it can firmly be entrenched in Hawaii. The symposium consisted of two sessions. Mr. Keiichiro Yamada, a Board member of Japan Ecotourism society; Mr. Jeffrey Dunster, CEO of Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods and also the 2014 […]

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Craft Fair: Part 1 <Display and Demonstration of Crafts>


The Craft Fair was held on March 7 and March 8, 2015, at the Hawaii Convention Center. The queues were already started to form as far as 100 meters away from the venue, even though it was before the opening at 10 A.M. There were a lot of visitors who are anticipated for this event. As the doors opened, the guests entered the venue with their delightful smiles in controlling their excitement. There were about 20,000 visitors in a period of two days. We appreciate everybody that came to enjoy and show support in the festival. There were about 130 booths run by each participating group inside the venue. Some held […]

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Craft Fair: Part 2 <Ennichi & Bon Dance>


The Ennichi Corner and bon dance were held on Sunday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8, 2015, at the Hawaii Convention Center. Bon Dance(Bon Odori) Unlike last year, there was a big scaffold called “yagura” built-in the middle of Mall Lobby. The people gathered around by the set and enjoyed the bon dance in a pleasant atmosphere. Also, there were people from various countries that participated in the bon dance. It seemed that the Japanese festival has been widely recognized across the world. The sound of the taiko drum and the beautiful accompanist often called “ochoushi” filled the entire hall. It was played by a group, Iwakuni Odori Aiko Kai […]

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Grand Parade


The Grand Parade was held on Sunday, March 8, 2015, on Kalakaua Avenue. It was the last live performance by the participating groups. The visitors from around the world gathered on Kalakaua Avenue to watch the performance. It started from Saratoga Road and ended around the Honolulu Zoo area which was about 1.3 km long. The opening performance was held in front of the 4 locations of Kalakaua Avenue. The performers from Honolulu and its sister city Kashiwazaki performed a chorus and hula dance at the main stand in front of the Moana Surfrider Hotel and Westin Hotels & Resorts. Their impressive performance fascinated the audience. Furthermore, there were various performances […]

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Nagaoka Fireworks


The Nagaoka Fireworks was the finale for the Honolulu Festival, which is highly anticipated by many every year. This day was a bit chilly evening in Hawaii. The spectators from the Grand Parade headed toward Waikiki Beach to watch the fireworks. They waited 30 minutes before the show with a great anticipation. Some enjoyed the view by the shoreline and some looked up at the sky. Also, some of the audience were gathered around and waited outside the lanai of a guest room near the beach. The show started at 8:30 P.M. The fireworks have launched with a loud sound and the ray of lights reflected in the sky. It began […]

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