26th Annual Honolulu Festival March 6-8, 2020
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Film Festival


The Film Festival was co-hosted by the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu and Honolulu Festival Foundation on the 3rd floor of the Hawaii Convention Center for 2 days on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13. The following films were screened: ■ Saturday, March 12 ・Ramen Samurai ・The God of Ramen ~ Secrets of 50-year-old Higashi-Ikebukuro Taishoken ・Jiro Dreams of Sushi ・A Tale of Samurai Cooking ■ Sunday, March 13 ・Chigasaki Story ・Mourning Recipe ・The Garden of Words ・War Memorial Program Nagaoka Fireworks in Pearl Harbor There were many interesting films compared to last year. Many have gathered to watch these films since the event itself was free admission for everybody regardless […]

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Ohana Award 2016 – In honoring many contributions from our devoted participants


The Honolulu Festival held an award ceremony called the Ohana Award in honoring those devoted participants who have contributed for many years. We would like to express our appreciation to everyone who came to Hawaii from overseas for the cultural exchange to foster many international friendships. Also, thank you all for presenting the unique essence of the Honolulu Festival to the world. It was held at the Hawaii Convention Center on Friday, March 11. A total of 32 participating groups have received their award. It was presented by Mr. Tsukasa Harufuku, who is the President of the Honolulu Festival Foundation. The 8 participating groups also took pictures with him to celebrate this special moment. Thank […]

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The Musical: Peace On Your Wings has arrived!! One of the crucial events in discussing about “Peace”


The Honolulu Festival is a 3 day event which will be held on March 11th through 13th around Waikiki and Ala Moana. There were many of our flags hanged on the streetlights of Kalakaua Avenue. They were blown in the breezing winds under the sunlight of Hawaii. This year’s theme of the Honolulu Festival was “Cultural Harmony, Journey to Peace”. The musical, Peace On Your Wings is an emotional story which everybody should be aware of when we discuss about peace. Have you ever heard about the life of Sadako Sasaki?   Peace On Your Wings The Children’s Peace Monument is a place for peace to commemorate Sadako Sasaki which is located in […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]