26th Annual Honolulu Festival March 6-8, 2020

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The Typhoon Hagibis Relief to help raise funds for Japan

Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on Japan on Oct. 12, bringing record-breaking rainfall in wide areas and causing embankments to collapse leaving a trail of devastation across the country. Deaths occurred in 13 prefectures, and people remain missing. Clean-up still continues and will take months to recover and rebuild. Relief support will focus on the hardest hit areas of Nagano, Ibaragi and Fukushima. The Kizuna Group is a collection of various Japanese-American organizations in Hawaii joining together to aid Japan’s reconstruction efforts. Please help our friends in need in Japan by donating to the Typhoon Hagibis Relief efforts today! https://kizunahawaii.com/

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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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Admission is free for all visitors! Japanese Film Festival!

The inspirational Japanese movies will be shown at Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10. Admission is Free!

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Maui High School is the Winner of Honolulu Festival’s 16th Annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest

Maui High School is the winner of the 16th Annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest sponsored by the Honolulu Festival. Maui Mikoshi Here comes the Mikoshi created by the Maui High School Japanese Club students, under the supervision of their Japanese Language Instructor, Etsuko Nagahama. The Maui Mikoshi Design Contest was developed in 2004 as part of Honolulu Festival’s community outreach program. The idea of expanding the Festival’ s programs to another island besides Oahu and having the young students of Maui learn and appreciate the Japanese culture were key factors in creating this event. The designs are judged by officers of the Honolulu Festival Foundation and the criteria for judging is based on which design is most appropriate to the theme and sub-theme of the Honolulu Festival. The sub-theme of the 25th Annual Honolulu Festival is “Looking Back to Create the Future: 25 Years of Aloha.” Influenced by the rich history and cultural stories of Japan and Hawaii, the students incorporated symbols such as the crane and flowers to represent the harmony of cultures on this island and the freedom and happiness that arose from the sacrifice of those who came before us. Through their design, they wish to show the legacy and light that has guided and shaped our culture and home.   Maui Mikoshi Unveiling Ceremony [ Date ] Saturday, March 9, 2019 [ Time ] 12:00pm-12:15pm [ Venue ] Hawaii Convention Center 1F   Walls Roof Emblem & Topper   Banners & Pillars Fences & Veranda

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The Honolulu Festival was awarded the Excellence Award at the 4th Japan Tourism Awards

The Japan Tourism Award contributes to the development and expansion of tourism, to the synergy effect along with Tourism EXPO Japan, and recognizes sustainable and excellent efforts of domestic and overseas groups, organizations and companies, by notifying society of the award-winning efforts, they aim to promote understanding of tourism and contribute to further development of tourism as a whole. In August 2018, the Honolulu Festival awarded the Excellence Award, following the grand prize. The reason for receiving the award is being continuously implemented for about a quarter of a century as a symbolic event of exchange between Japan and Hawaii, and the program has evolved constantly beyond the enterprise’s business barriers, fully established in the local community.

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“24th Honolulu Festival” highlight video is uploaded.

We just released 24th 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”. We are planning more interesting events for the next 25th Honolulu Festival in 2019. We look forward very much to seeing you at festival. Click here for Youtube Clip>>

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H. P. Baldwin High School Wins the 15th Annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest!

The students of H. P. Baldwin High School are the winners of this year’s Honolulu Festival Maui Mikoshi Design Contest. Their mikoshi will be unveiled at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The students will carry it in the Grand Parade along Kalakaua Avenue on Sunday, March 11, 2018. This year’s festival sub-theme is “Cultural Harmony, Journey to peace”, which led students to brainstorm many symbols that represented many forms of cultural friendship that connects the world.   Maui Mikoshi Unveiling Ceremony [ Date ] Saturday, March 10, 2018 11:30am – 11:45am [ Venue ] Hawaii Convention Center   A Journey on the Nighttime Sea Toward A New Day of Peace H. P. Baldwin High School Inspired by the intricacies and discipline placed in the art of creating origami, we saw how humanity’s journey to peace is very similar—both require time and effort but the result is something beautiful. Thus, we wanted to incorporate the traditional designs of origami to symbolize this year’s theme, “Harmony over the Ocean, Journey to Peace.” The flowing design and cool color tone reflect the ocean and the warmer reds and oranges display the sunrise and sunset. The darker panels represent the nighttime before the beginning of the new day. One panel depicts origami boats floating on a golden path of water toward peace as the crane, the Japanese symbol for peace, graces the roof panel. The lighthouse shines as the guiding light toward peace through even the darkest night. Please come see their mikoshi decorated with origami, in line with the 24th Honolulu Festival’s focus on world peace.  

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Maui High School Wins the 14th Annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest!

Maui Mikoshi The students of Maui High School are the winners of this year’s Honolulu Festival Maui Mikoshi Design Contest. Their mikoshi will be unveiled at the Hawaii Convention Center on Saturday, March 11, 2017. The students will carry it in the Grand Parade along Kalakaua Avenue on Sunday, March 12, 2017. This year’s festival sub-theme is “Cultural Harmony, Journey to peace”, which led students to brainstorm many symbols that represented many forms of cultural friendship that connects the world.   Maui Mikoshi Unveiling Ceremony [ Date ] Saturday, March 11, 2017 (time TBA) [ Venue ] Hawaii Convention Center     Mikoshi Banner & Veranda Mikoshi Pillars & Fence Mikoshi Roof & Emblem   Mikoshi Topper & Flag Mikoshi Walls