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.
≪All 6 series of highlight reports from the 23nd annual Honolulu Festival are now released!≫
We have released ten series of highlights from the Honolulu Festival. Please see the links below for each article. SAKURAGAOKA Junior & Senior High School [Craft/Demonstration/Parade] 【1】Inspiring Story of Chiune Sugihara -Visas for Life- 【2】Educational School Tour 【3】Ohana Award 2017 – A tribute to the long-term contribution from Participants 【4】Friendship Gala 【5】Grand Parade 【6】Nagaoka Fireworks Show
The musical “Peace On Your Wings” Report
We interviewed Jenny Taira-san(Executive & Co-Artistic Director), Cari Taira(Stage Director) and performers of the Academy “Ohana Arts”. Please take a look! The musical “Peace On Your Wings” Report>>>
The 21st Annual Honolulu Festival Report
The report articles of the 21st Annual Honolulu Festival has been up to the website! Please take a look!!! The 21st Annual Honolulu Festival Report
The 20th Annual Honolulu Festival “Share Your Voice” Project
“Share Your Voice Project” – a collaborative educational project between the Honolulu Festival Foundation and Kapiolani Community College took place during the 20th Annual Honolulu Festival.
Special Event – Company Aloha Shirt Exhibition Contest
This year we presented a special event called “Company Aloha Shirt Exhibition Contest” in the 20h Anniversary Honolulu Festival at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Time Capsule Ceremony, Time Capsule Has Been Opened!
Ten years ago, students who participated in the Honolulu Festival put their messages to the future into the time capsule. This year, which marks the 20th anniversary of the festival, we held the Time Capsule Ceremony to open it. [ See More ]
The 19th Annual Honolulu Festival “Share Your Voice” Project
The “Share Your Voice” project, a collaboration that began in 2010 between the Honolulu Festival and Kapi’olani Community College, was put into action for the 4th time at the 19th Annual Honolulu Festival. [ See More ]
The 19th Annual Honolulu Festival The Grand Parade
The Grand Parade of the 19th Annual Honolulu Festival, an event that marked the final day of the Festival, was held down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki on Sunday, March 3, 2013. [ See More ]