26th Annual Honolulu Festival March 6-8, 2020

Archives 2018(24th)

Date : Mar 9(Fri), Mar 10(Sat), Mar 11(Sun)
Sub Theme : Harmony over the Ocean, Journey to Peace
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Educational School Tour 2018


The Educational School Tour was held on March 9th (Fri.), 2018 on the first day of the 24th Honolulu Festival, targeting the elementary to high school students who live on Oahu. This educational program is designed to provide a cross-cultural encounter for the Hawaii community and its children. The participating artists and performers, with programs specifically prepared for this tour, provided interaction with the children, giving them valuable cross-cultural experiences. Over 1,100 students from 17 schools in Hawaii participated in this year’s educational school tour. The students were divided into groups of approximately 20, and each group was escorted to six booths, one group at a time. This year, 15 […]

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Ohana Award 2018


The Ohana Award ceremony was held at the Hawaii Convention Center on Friday evening of March 9th. The recipients of the Ohana Award were the repeat participating groups that have contributed to building friendships across borders through cultural exchanges. The master of ceremony was Kei Segawa, a household face in events in Hawaii. Mr. Tsukasa Harufuku, the president of the Honolulu Festival Foundation, the host of the Honolulu Festival, made opening remarks. “We extend our warm welcome to the guests from Japan for the 24th Honolulu Festival. This year, 3,200 people came from Japan. We would like to present the awards to the most repeating participating groups in the Honolulu […]

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Friendship Party 2018


The Ohana Award was followed by the Friendship Party, an enormously popular event. The guests were treated with live entertainment by Hawaii’s top artists as well as nine different savory dishes, provided by prominent local restaurants. The program also included participating group performances, providing an opportunity to socialize and cultivate friendships among the participating groups and local people. The proceeds from the Friendship Party will be used to provide excellent educational programs that benefit local young people, increasing their understanding and aware-ness of international affairs. -The 24th Honolulu Festival, Friendship Party Began!- At the door, guests were welcomed by the enthusiastic Osaka Gakuin University Cheerleaders, a great icebreaker for an […]

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The 150th Anniversary of Japanese Immigration to Hawaii Special Events


The year 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Hawaii. The Honolulu Festival hosted a few commemorative events. -The History of Japan and Hawaii- It is imperative to understand the historical background; how Japanese people related to Hawaii from the first Japanese immigration down to this day. Let’s take a look at a chronological table for a general overview. 1850年 The first sugar cane farm was established by a Caucasian investor. It rapidly grew to be a huge industry. 1860年 King Kamehameha IV proposed a friendship treaty between Japan and the Kingdom of Hawaii. The Japanese ambassadors, Jon Manjiro and Yukichi Fukuzawa, boarded the Kanrin-Maru to visit Honolulu. […]

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Grand Parade 2018


The Grand Parade, one of the Honolulu Festival’s main events, took place in the evening of the final day to conclude the three day festivities. The parade features a wide variety of traditional dance and performances, an opportune moment for people to see the diverse cultural expressions by the participating teams from Hawaii, Japan, and the Pacific Rim countries. Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki’s main street, became the center stage for this spectacular show. Crowds gathered on Kalakaua Avenue, waiting for the parade to start. Participating teams began their performances during the 0.8 mile parade, starting Saratoga Road, located at the west end of Waikiki, and ending at the Waikiki Zoo in […]

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Nagaoka Fireworks


Capping off the Honolulu Festival, the Nagaoka Fireworks lit up the sky in Waikiki. It was the highly anticipated event. Many locals call it, “undoubtedly the best fireworks in Hawaii.” In Japan, Nagaoka Fireworks is recognized as one of the ”Japan’s Three Great Fireworks” among many fireworks shows. The Japanese fireworks shells were shot off of Waikiki Beach. -Nagaoka Fireworks Completes the Event- When the Grand Parade ended, people headed down towards Waikiki Beach. They walked hurriedly in order to save good spots to view the fireworks.   It was unnecessary to worry. Since the fireworks were shot from off shore of Waikiki Beach, there were magnificent views from anywhere […]