26th Annual Honolulu Festival March 6-8, 2020

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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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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!

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Announcing Grand Parade Schedule!

We are announcing the schedule for grand parade, which will be held on March 10 at Kalakaua Avenue! Click Here for the Details>>> *All may be subject to change without further notice.

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Announcing Stage Performance Schedule!

We are announcing the schedule for stage performances, which will be held for 2 days on March 9 and 10 at Ala Moana Center, Waikiki Beach Walk and Hawaii Convention Center! Click Here for the Details>>> *All events may be subject to change without further notice.

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Announcing Craft Fair / Booths information details!

The Craft Fair will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center on March 9 and March 10. Click Here for the Details>>> *All events may be subject to change without further notice.

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HilO high school students and a teacher earn opportunity to visit Japan

The Honolulu Festival Foundation conducts an educational program that sends Hawaiian high school students to Japan every year. As a result of the presentation selection in 2018, we sent four students and one teacher from Hilo High School to Nagaoka City in Niigata Prefecture in Japan from February 15th to 19th. During their stay in Japan, they experienced many cultural exchanges through communication with local students, the homestay and by joining the Yukishika festival. Also, they played in the snow and appeared in a radio program. The tour of the Yamamoto Isoroku Memorial Hall and the War Museum deepened their understanding of peace. They had a thoroughly filled training program. One student from Hilo High School said that they could feel the hearts of Nagaoka’s minds and the feelings of the city praying for world peace and that it had been a good opportunity to think about how they can contribute to world peace as individuals with the students of Nagaoka. The program to send high school students in Hawaii for educational training to Japan started in 2013 as a sister city partnership between Honolulu City and Nagaoka City in 2012. The Honolulu Festival Foundation and Department of Education in Hawaii cooperate together to select a representative school through their annual presentation. We have been sending over many students from Iolani High School, King Kekaulike High School, Kalani High School, Maui High School and Kaiser High School to Japan. Honolulu Festival Foundation will continue to help support and contribute to Hawaii’s youth education. Interaction with local students Nagaoka fireworks   Welcome display Local radio program Sister city event

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Announcing Stage Performance Schedule!

We are announcing the schedule for stage performances, which will be held for 2 days on March 11 and 12 at Ala Moana Center, Waikiki Beach Walk and Hawaii Convention Center! Click Here for the Details>>> *All events may be subject to change without further notice.

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Announcing Grand Parade Schedule!

We are announcing the schedule for grand parade, which will be held on March 11 at Kalakaua Avenue! Click Here for the Details>>> *All may be subject to change without further notice.

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Announcing Craft Fair / Booths information details!

The Craft Fair will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center on March 10 and March 11. Click Here for the Details>>>   *All events may be subject to change without further notice.

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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! 20+ local designers, crafters, & artists featuring unique art, fashion, music, and more! Visit artandflea.com or follow @artandflea for more info.