26th Annual Honolulu Festival March 6-8, 2020

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Art + Flea, a pop up urban market will be coming to the Honolulu Festival!

Art+Flea, Hawaii’s favorite pop-up urban market & shopping destination is returning to Honolulu Festival! 40+ local designers, crafters, & artists featuring unique art, fashion, music, and more! Visit artandflea.com or follow @artandflea for more info.

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What’s New at the Honolulu Festival!

Children’s Craft Corner A Children’s Craft Corner hosted by Joy Shimabukuro of the Joy of Crafting show and sponsored by HouseMart Ben Franklin Crafts will offer a variety of fun craft activities for children of all ages and adults too! Make and take home your creations. Kapa Making Meet Kapa artist, Dalani Tanahy as she shares the history and demonstrate the art of kapa making at the Hawaii Convention Center. Kapa is made from the paper mulberry (Kozo) plant called wauke, the same plant that is used to make Japanese washi paper. Experience the art of traditional kapa making as you pound and decorate your own kapa cloth to take home. Shirone Giant Kites from Minami-ku, Niigata In the heart of Japan’s Niigata Prefecture, lies a small city called Shirone in Minami-ku where giant kites made of bamboo and washi paper are flown over the Nakanokuchi River during the Shirone Giant Battle Festival called Tako-kichi matsuri. Shirone’s giant kite craftsmen will demonstrate the art of making traditional giant kites at the Honolulu Festival. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to make their own miniature kites to take home. Portable Planetarium Bishop Museum will host and sponsor a portable planetarium with the screening of Wayfinders, Waves, Wind and Stars. Wayfinding is the art of navigating a canoe across the ocean using the sun, moon, stars, wind and ocean swells. Watch this short documentary at the Hawaii Convention Center, 3rd floor – movie time varies.

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Maui High School is the Winner of Honolulu Festival’s 17th Annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest

Maui Mikoshi As this year’s theme is “Making the World a Better Place for Our Future, From the Pacific to the World,” we wanted to spread to others through our design the messages of taking care of oneself and others, contributing to the community, and building a better world. As we face pollution, one of the most known problems around the world, we wanted to express that regardless of age and gender, with everyone working together, even the small steps can solve one of the most significant issues. Similarly, the intertwined ti leaf lei symbolize the intertwining of our Hawaiian culture and the uniting of everyone in peace and strength. Held together by the dove and crow from the topper, the rope holding the 12 country flags represents the bond between the nations of the world, from the highest peak of Mauna Kea of Hawaii to Mount Fuji of Japan. The sunrise connecting them all represents the start of a new day, full of endless possibilities.   Maui Mikoshi Unveiling Ceremony [ Date ] Saturday, March 7, 2020 [ Time ] 12:00pm-12:15pm [ Venue ] Hawaii Convention Center 1F   Topper Veranda

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The History of Honolulu Festival

You can see graph magazines for past history of Honolulu festival. Click here for History of Graph magazine≫

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Our application form for vendors and performers is now available !

Would you like to be a part of the Honolulu Festival? Our application form for vendors and performers is now available below. ■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) Stage Performance The Stage Performance will be held at various places in Honolulu including the Hawaii Convention and Ala Moana Center and Waikiki area. This is an event which you can interact and enjoy dancing with the performers on and off the stage.   Grand Parade The Hawaii’s greatest parade will be held on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, where various performances will be presented for about 3 hours. This is the final event of the Honolulu Festival which will reach its climax. Performer’s application form for the Stage Performance and Grand Parade is available below. ≫Application Form (in English)

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“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.

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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.

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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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Support Honolulu Festival Foundation by shopping at Amazon Smile!

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmiles purchases to Honolulu Festival Foundation. Shop at smile.amazon.com and select Honolulu Festival Foundation as the charitable organization of your choice!

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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!