The 27th Honolulu Festival will take place on March 12-14, 2021

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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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The 25th Annual Honolulu Festival Sub-theme has been determined!

We are pleased to announce the sub theme for the 25th Annual Honolulu Festival, “Looking Back to Create the Future: 25 Years of Aloha”. The 25th Annual Honolulu Festival will be held on March 8-10, 2019. Mark your calendar for these dates!

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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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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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【ENTER TO WIN】Win tickets for “Friendship Party”!!

The Friendship Gala is a place where you can enjoy watching various stage performances and eating fine dishes offered by the local’s popular restaurants. This is one of the highlighted events at the Honolulu Festival. Let’s join the international festival and expand your friendship circle! Great news for our supporters of the 24th Annual Honolulu Festival! This is your chance for lottery! The winning pair can receive their free admission ticket, while each of them usually costs for $90! A total of 5 pairs will be selected. Entry is simple. Please click on the “Contact” page of the Honolulu Festival website. Please indicate “Friendship Gala admission ticket lottery” in the message section.   This promotion has ended. Thank you for your interest. (2/20/2018) Please click here to access “Contact” page♪   【Application Date】Wednesday, February 14, 2018-Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (HST) 【Application Requirement】 ・Over 21 years old ・Limited to a person who can attend the Friendship Gala ・One entry per person 【Result】 We will contact the winners by Monday, February 28 (HST). * Please state your name and your ticket number to a reception desk near the entrance on the day of the event to receive your admission tickets. We are looking forward to receiving many applications♪ Please click here for more information regarding the Friendship Gala or to purchase your ticket.   @Artizen by MW Jidori Chicken Stew with Black Pepper Gravy @Eating House 1849 Waikiki Ginger Lemongrass Chicken Congee @12th Ave Grill Maui Cattle Co. Beef Tataki

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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.