Next Honolulu Festival comes March 12-14, 2021

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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.

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≪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

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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>>>

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Held the booth at Hawaii’s oldest historical event “Kona Coffee Festival”

Hawaii’s oldest historical food event “Kona Coffee Festival” was held from Friday, the 6th to Sunday the 15th November. Everybody enjoyed the coffee tasting at each booth as well as the excitement from the Hawaiian live concert. Each year, Miss Kona Coffee joins us at the Honolulu Festival, showing our relationship with this event. We had a booth as a part of the promotion activities of the Honolulu Festival. We distributed brochures and official calendars for the 22nd event and in return we received support and donations from many participants. We deeply thank all of you who stopped by at our booth during the event. The Honolulu Festival is supported by the donations from all of you. Please be advised that you can easily contribute to this event online. >>>Please click here for more information. Miss Kona Coffee will be joining us for the 22nd Honolulu Festival to add more excitement to the event! You do not want to miss it!!!

22nd Honolulu Festival's leaflet Report

“22nd Honolulu Festival” image brochure is uploaded.

We just finished 22nd Honolulu Festival’s image brochure. With this leaflet, you can easily check schedules on the event day. Also it features voices from many participants. We are planning more interesting events for the next 22nd Honolulu Festival in 2016. We look forward very much to seeing you at festival. Brochure front/back[PDF8.4MB] Bbrochure inside[PDF10.0MB] *It will ban the reprint and the secondary use of without permission. “21st Honolulu Festival” highlight reel video

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“21st Honolulu Festival” highlight reel video is uploaded.

We just finished 21st Honolulu Festival’s highlight video. Numbering 117,000 spectators during 3-day event, we received many positive feedbacks from people in Honolulu and outside the city. As we run Honolulu Festival Foundation, we sett 3 important themes: “cultural exchange”, “education”, and “environment”. We are planning more interesting events for the next 22nd Honolulu Festival in 2016. We look forward very much to seeing you at festival. “22nd Honolulu Festival” brochure

Nagaoka-Honolulu Peace Commemoration Report

70 Years of Peace commemoration to be held at Pearl Harbor on Aug. 15

■Nagaoka fireworks to be launched off Ford Island The U.S. Navy in Hawaii will join the cities of Honolulu and Nagaoka, Japan, in commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in the Pacific on Aug. 15 on historic Ford Island at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The public is invited to the events, beginning at 4 p.m. and culminating in Pearl Harbor’s first-ever display of Nagaoka’s famous fireworks at 8 p.m. to honor the memory of the war’s victims and to celebrate 70 years of peace and friendship.   《Event Schedule》 —————————————————————————————– When: Saturday, Aug. 15, beginning at 4 p.m., with a commemorative program at 7 p.m. and fireworks display at 8 p.m. Where: Ford Island, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, fireworks will be launched off the west side of Ford Island. Details: The event is free and open to the public. Activities kick off at 4 p.m. with food available for purchase, cultural and educational displays, and entertainment. The official commemorative program starts at 7 p.m. with guest speakers, a youth peace summit declaration, performances by Nagaoka children’s choir and HEARTS Hawaii choir, and a special performance of the hit song “Jupiter” by the Japanese singer-songwriter Ayaka Hirahara. At 8 p.m. the skies above Pearl Harbor and surrounding areas will light up with a gorgeous display of Nagaoka’s special fireworks to honor war victims, pursue everlasting peace and friendship, and pave the way for future generations. Music for the fireworks will simulcast live on radio station Hawaiian 105.1 KINE. The public will be allowed access to Ford Island, with parking available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please plan accordingly for traffic due to the limited lanes on the Ford Island bridge. Other parking and transportation options will be posted on the website when available: www.cnic.navy.mil/70yearsofpeace. Strict security measures will be in place. No large bags, large purses, outside food or beverages, coolers, or tents. Visit the website for a complete list of restricted and authorized items. All carry-in items are subject to search. —————————————————————————————– ■Official website: www.cnic.navy.mil/70yearsofpeace ■Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/70yearsofpeace

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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

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The 21st Annual Honolulu Festival a Howling Success!

Thank you for coming to the 21st Annual Honolulu Festival. We would like to extend our sincere MAHALO to all of our volunteers, participants and generous sponsors who helped and supported for the 21st Annual Honolulu Festival. The 22nd Annual Honolulu Festival is scheduled to be held on March 11, 12 and 13, 2016. Please mark your calendars! We’ll updating the latest news on this official website and Facebook. We hope to see you next year again!

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Today’s the last day of the 21st Honolulu Festival!! Come & Join!!

Happy Sunday! Today is the third day, the last day of the 21st Annual Honolulu Festival! Please come and enjoy varieties of entertainments. There are also the Grand Parade @Kalakaua Avenue, and Nagaoka Fireworks @Waikiki Beach in the evening as a finale of this festival. Check the schedule here>>>  [Stage Performances] [Grand Parade] There are schedule + map free papers at the information desk, which help you make your plan today. You can check the latest news on the official Facebook. please don’t forget to post on your SNS with the hashtag “#HonFest”  so that all of the Honolulu Festival fans can share the experiences.