Our application form for vendors is now available !
Aloha♪ We start accepting Booth applications! Don’t miss out! Performer applications ( Stage/ Parade ) is TBA. ■Vendor Booth The Craft Fair is a place where various cultural exhibitions and demonstrations will take place at the Hawaii Convention Center. There will be over 100 vendor booths that are available. This is an event that offers cultural exchange through many arts and cultures which goes beyond the language barrier. Vendor’s application form is available below. ≫Application Form (in English) We are waiting for your application. Related Article: Three major reasons to participate in the Honolulu Festival ■Performers (Stage Performance/Grand Parade) TBA
“25th Honolulu Festival” highlight video is uploaded
We just released 25th Honolulu Festival’s highlight video. we received many positive feedbacks from people in Honolulu and outside the city. As we run Honolulu Festival Foundation, we set 3 important themes: “cultural exchange”, “education”, and “environment”. Click here for all Youtube Clip＞＞ We are planning more interesting events for the next 26th Honolulu Festival in 2020. We look forward very much to seeing you at festival.
Peytynn Kubo of Maui High School awarded scholarship by The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui
The Japanese Cultural Society of Maui awarded $1,000 scholarship to Peytynn Kubo of Maui High School for involvement and efforts in promoting the Japanese culture. Kubo has performed taiko for Zenshin Daiko for more than 10 years and now teaches and helps grow the organization. She served as president for the Maui High School Japanese Club since 2017 and led the club to win the Maui Mikoshi Design Contest this year, which allowed them to participate in the Honolulu Festival. Honolulu Festival congratulated Peytynn Kubo and had an interview. Q: We are so glad to hear that you won the award., Let us hear your thoughts about it. I am so grateful to have been awarded this scholarship. The Japanese Culture Society of Maui contributes so much to the perpetuation of Japanese culture and I’m so honored to have been recognized by such an amazing organization. Q: One of the reasons you to won the award was that you led the club to win the Maui Mikoshi Design Contest as the president of the Maui High School Japanese Club., How do you feel about it? Serving as Japanese Club President this year was such a fun and rewarding experience. My teacher and club advisor, Etsuko Nagahama, is such an inspiring role model and I’ve learned so much from her. Working with her and the other students from Japanese Club was so fun! We made lots of memories together while creating the Mikoshi and learned a lot about the deep history and influence of Japanese culture in Hawaii. Q: The Mikoshi was a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece. What are some memorable moments during the creation process? While creating the Mikoshi, the memory that left the most impression was our club’s first Mikoshi meeting. Before designing the Mikoshi, we got together to think deeply about what the theme truly meant to us. As we talked about the theme, Looking Back to Create the Future, we discussed how vital it is for us to pay respect to our roots and preserve our traditions. Q: Please let us know your interests of Japan or Japanese culture. My interest with Japanese culture began when I started taiko at the age of six. I joined Zenshin Daiko in order to have a place where I could engage in my culture and channel my energy. The taiko dojo became my safe place and home, where I was able to be creative and find confidence within myself as an artist and person. Q: Through the Mikoshi, what did you wish to share with the world? Our main goal when designing the Mikoshi was to shine light on those who helped shape Hawai’i into the diverse and strong community that it is today. We wanted to reflect the immense responsibility we feel to continue the legacy of those who first immigrated to Hawaii and made the ultimate sacrifice in return for a better life. We are indebted to these people who left their family and lives of comfort behind and only looked ahead for not only their children, but for generations and generations to come.
Calling all global minded youth! Introducing a new academic conference for youth
For the 26th Honolulu Festival, Honolulu Festival Foundation has announced a new academic program aimed for students, “Student Symposium in Honolulu”. Honolulu Festival is well known for its lively stage performances if taiko drums, cheerleading, hula groups and more. For those that had difficulty performing on stage, they were able to have a booth and talk to the attending guest face to face. For the 26th Honolulu Festival, it will hold a symposium where students can present their learnings, research, cultures and proposals. In addition to exhibiting at the booth, groups are welcome to give a presentation at the designated time. Students will have the opportunity to engage in discussion around their topic and share different perspectives. Global minded youth will be the next generation that will be responsible for the future. This symposium will help create global minded students by bringing them together, sharing their thought and ideas to develop a better future. Click here for details Click here for details>>>
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The 26th Annual Honolulu Festival Sub-theme has been determined!
We are pleased to announce the sub theme for the 26th Annual Honolulu Festival, “Making the World a Better Place for Our Future, From the Pacific to the World – 美しい未来をハワイから -”. The 26th Annual Honolulu Festival will be held on March 6-8, 2020. Mark your calendar for these dates!
Kaimuki High School Students Travel to Japan for Cultural Exchange Program in 2019
The Honolulu Festival Foundation offers an educational exchange program for State of Hawaii high school students to travel to Nagaoka City in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. This year, Kaimuki High School was selected to participate in the five day program giving four students and a teacher the opportunity to travel to Japan in February 2019. While in Japan, the students were immersed in the Japanese language and culture for the first time as they traveled around Tokyo and stayed with their homestay host families in Nagaoka. The program included visits to the Yukishika Snow Festival, Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto Memorial Museum, Nyozezo Museum and the Nagaoka War Damage Exhibit Hall which many felt it deepened their understanding of peace as they learned the history between Nagaoka and Honolulu’s relationship during the war. The students met with Nagaoka students for a discussion on peace, performed at a Cross-Cultural Get-Together party and viewed the fireworks show. Student comments: “This was a life-changing experience as I learned so much about the significance of Honolulu and Nagaoka’s relations and history.” “This stay was a great experience. I cannot thank the foundation enough for this chance. This is something that I will cherish and tell my future children about.” “The trip to Nagaoka was truly amazing. It helped me experience things that I rarely get to see in Honolulu. Some things that amazed me were the Rail system.” This is the 6th year the program has been offered through the collaboration of the Honolulu Festival Foundation, Nagaoka City (Honolulu’s sister city since 2012), and the State of Hawaii Department of Education. The Honolulu Festival Foundation will continue to support and contribute to Hawaii’s youth education.
2019 Press Gallery Released!
You can actually view and download high resolution images of 25th Honolulu Festival. If you need something specific, please contact us. Go to Press Page>>>
Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n‘ fun Special Game Exhibition!
– Saturday March 9th at 10: 00 – 14: 00 – Hawaii Convention Center, at the “Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum `n` fun” Exhibition booth. (B1-3) – Score Attack! “Taiko no Tatsujin: Drum ‘n‘ fun” Nintendo Switch gaming competition for international participants under 12 years old. At 14:00, the top 3 participants with the highest scores will be decided. These winning participants will join a team of elementary students who won the Japanese competition for a special exhibition held on stage! A souvenir prize will be presented to the winning pair, so be sure to join in on the fun!