Educational School Tours2017(23rd)
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 […]
Ohana Award 20172017(23rd)
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.
The Friendship Gala was held at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, 2016. Its purpose is to promote friendship as well as international goodwill between people of Hawaii and people of the Asia-Pacific region. Also, March 11 of this year marked the 5th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Therefore, the events of the 22nd Annual Honolulu Festival were conducted with a wish for Japan’s recovery. The Chinese lion dance welcomed the guests, who were waiting for the opening of the festival. When the doors were finally opened at 6:40p.m., the guests hurried into the venue with excitement. The guests were greeted by a wide variety […]
The Stage Performance was held on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13, 2016, at the various venues in Honolulu.
Symposium “Japanese in Hawai’i: From the plantation to Pearl Harbor to peace”2016(22nd)
The symposium was held on Saturday, March 12, 2016, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center. This year’s topic was titled “Japanese in Hawaii: From the plantation to Pearl Harbor to peace” followed by the theme, “Japanese immigrant and peace”. The seats were filled very quickly before it began. Ms. Lenny Yajima, President of Japan-America Society of Hawaii who was the spokesperson last year for the Honolulu Festival was the MC. This symposium consisted of 2-sessions. 【SessionⅠ】featured keynote speech about “Overview of Japanese experience in Hawai‘i” by Dr. Dennis Ogawa, a professor of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. 【SessionⅡ】featured panel discussion on the topic of “sustainable peace”. […]
The Craft Fair was held at the Hawaii Convention Center for 2 days on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13. This event is very popular among families. There was a long queue even though it was 30 minutes before the opening which was at 9:30 a.m. We interviewed some of the guests that were waiting in-line. The majority told us that they are looking forward to the cultural exchange every year. Perhaps our Craft Fair highly emphasized the cultural exchange compared to all the other events of the Honolulu Festival. The anticipated guests rushed to their desire booths as soon as the doors opened at 10 a.m. One of the popular […]
Educational School Tour2016(22nd)
The Educational School Tour was held on March 11, 2016, at the Hawaii Convention Center. This is an educational program designed to embrace the importance of educating the youth, which they represent as the next generation. The local students are invited to observe behind-the-scenes of the Honolulu Festival. This is a place where a lot of student experience different cultures every year. Also, the Honolulu Festival Foundation is committed to provide an educational opportunity for the students and the community of Hawaii. Some of the education-oriented events have been offered over the years in the Honolulu Festival. The theme of this year’s Honolulu Festival was “Cultural Harmony, Journey to Peace” which best describe […]
The Grand Parade was held on the evening of Sunday, March 13, 2016, on Kalakaua Avenue. The performers performed from Saratoga Road and headed toward the east about 0.8 miles long where the Honolulu Zoo, the end point is located. Not to mention, a lot of spectators have gathered along the roadside. Also, the opening performances were set-up at the following 4 locations, which started from 4 p.m. Starting point on Saratoga Road In front of Waikiki Shopping Plaza In front of Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa In front of Pacific Beach Hotel The children of Ohana Arts sang the american national anthem at the starting point. They’ve performed the […]
The Musical: Peace On Your Wings2016(22nd)
The special musical event, Peace On Your Wings was performed on: ・March 12 (Sat) 11:00a.m.12:00p,m., 4:00p.m.5:00p.m. ・March 13 (Sun) 11:00a.m.12:00p.m. There were 3 time slots available for the show which was held at the Hawaii Convention Center. The themes of the 22nd Honolulu Festival focused on “Peace” and “The Importance of Living Life” which emphasized on the “Cultural Harmony and Journey to Peace”. The main character was a girl named Sadako Sasaki, who became the model for the Children’s Peace Monument in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. This monument is a commemoration for those children that suffered and died from the atomic bombing in Hiroshima. Sadako spoke of the brutality of the atomic bomb and promoted world […]
The Nagaoka Fireworks was held for the finale at the Honolulu Festival on Sunday, March 13, which bloomed gorgeously in the night sky over Waikiki Beach. Its themes were “memorial”, “recovery” and “world peace”. There were many spectators that were anticipated to watch the fireworks this year as well.Those fireworks were launched from offshore of the beach. Lots of people have gathered to Waikiki Beach after the Grand Parade. The edge of the beach was filled with spectators who chose to watch the show closely. It has been a gusty weather during March in Hawaii. However, it miraculously subsided and Hawaii was ready for the Nagaoka Fireworks! The fireworks were collaborative performance between the […]