“The Honolulu Festival started as more of a cultural exchange between Japan and Hawaii,” Honolulu Festival Spokesperson Lenny Yajima explains. “The festival wanted to bring Japanese culture to the people of Hawaii who couldn’t necessarily go to Japan and experience things like the Daijayama, the fire-breathing dragon.”

Be sure to watch “Honolulu Festival: Pacific Harmony Through Cultural Exchange” premiering on March 13 at 7 p.m. on K5 and streaming at the same time on HawaiiNewsNow.com. You can also watch encore airings on March 14 at 8 p.m. on KHNL and March 19 at 7 p.m. on KGMB.

Hawaii News Now: https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/honolulufestival/