26th Annual Honolulu Festival March 6-8, 2020

Archives 2017(23rd)

Date : Mar 10(Fri), Mar 11(Sat), Mar 12(Sun)
Sub Theme : Cultural Harmony, Journey to Peace
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Ohana Award 2017


The Honolulu Festival holds an award ceremony called the Ohana Award in honoring those devoted participants who have contributed for many years. This year, there were over 40 participating groups that received the award. The commendation ceremony was held at the Hawaii Convention Center on Friday, March 10. Tsukasa Harufuku, who is the president of the Honolulu Festival Foundation delivered a congratulatory speech and presented the Ohana Award to the following representatives from each of the respective 12 groups. The ceremony was assisted by the Hawaii’s Cherry Blossom Queens which brought much excitement. Congratulations to those that received the award! We are looking forward to seeing you all next year as well.

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Educational School Tours


The Educational School Tour was held at the Hawaii Convention Center on the first day of the 23rd Annual Honolulu Festival, Friday, March 10. The Honolulu Festival Foundation is hosting the Honolulu Festival under 3 themes of “cultural exchange”, “education” and “environment”, instead of only for festive purpose. The Educational School Tour is related to our theme of education. The local students from elementary through high school will be invited to learn diverse cultures. The time was 8:30 a.m. The students from different areas of Oahu got off the buses and gathered by the Hawaii Convention Center. This year, 14 local schools were invited in which there were over 1,000 […]

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Friendship Gala


The Friendship Gala was held at the Hawaii Convention Center on the first day of the 23rd Annual Honolulu Festival, Friday, March 10. Its purpose is to promote friendship as well as international goodwill between people of Hawaii and people of the Asia-Pacific region. The attendees will have opportunities to experience various cultures through watching cultural performances and enjoying food, which will foster friendship as well as goodwill among one another. -OPENING- The doors opened at 6:40 p.m. Our volunteering members greeted the guests with smiles by the entrance.                       -GREETINGS-             Each of the […]

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Grand Parade


The Grand Parade was held in the warm weather during the evening on Sunday, March 12, which is the final day of the 23rd Annual Honolulu Festival. This is a parade that is being held on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki every year. The performers will be performing from Saratoga Road and heading to the east, where the Honolulu Zoo is located. Many spectators regardless of race gather by the roadside to see the dignified performers who presented their own talent and unique culture in 3 days for the last time. Those performers gave joy and inspiration which the audience discovered new findings of various cultures.   The Honolulu Festival’s Grand […]

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Nagaoka Fireworks


The Nagaoka Fireworks was held for the finale at the 23rd Annual Honolulu Festival on March 12, 2017. This show is inspiring a lot of audience every year, which this year was the 6th time. There were many people who were heading to watch the Nagaoka Fireworks as soon as the Grand Parade had ended. Kalakaua Avenue was packed even though it was an hour before the show. Also, Waikiki Beach was filled with audience who were anticipatedly waiting for the fireworks to be launched. The time is 8:30 p.m. All of sudden, a straight line of light quickly appeared and the big white flower bloomed in the night sky. […]

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Inspiring Story of Chiune Sugihara -Visas for Life-


This year’s highlighted event, the “Inspiring Story of Chiune Sugihara” was conducted under the theme of the 23rd Annual Honolulu Festival, “Cultural Harmony, Journey to Peace”. The Honolulu Festival is a festive event which can be fun and glamourous. At the same time, the symposium is hosted by the festival every year which has an innovative cultural value. These symposiums may still be fresh in your memory: The 21th Symposium (2015): Vision for the Future Ecotourism of Hawaii The 22nd Symposium (2016): Japanese in Hawai’i: From the plantation to Pearl Harbor to peace This year, we changed the format of our symposium and focused on the topic of Chiune Sugihara in 2 […]