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2007 Honolulu Festival
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The 13th annual Honolulu Festival will take place March 9-11, 2007 on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The event will feature performances and arts of the many different cultures and ethnic groups in Hawaii, Asia, and the Pacific. The grand finale will be a parade down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki.


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The Honolulu Festival was established in 1995 as an even to promote cultural understanding and ethnic harmony between all of the different ethnic groups in Hawaii and the Asia and Pacific region. In 2007 Honolulu Festival events will take place at the Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Shopping Center, and Waikiki Beach Walk. There will also be a parade down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. More then 5000 performers, artists, and spectators are expected to participate and all events are free and open to the public.

2007 Honolulu Festival
DATES: March 9-11, 2007
LOCATION: Honolulu, Hawaii
OFFICIAL WEB SITE: HonoluluFestival.com



ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE EVENT ORGANIZERS

The 13th annual Honolulu Festival presents a unique Cultural Extravaganza Filled With Dance, Music and the Arts.

The 13th Annual Honolulu Festival arrives in town March 9-11 giving local residents and visitors an exciting opportunity to experience unique cultures from across the Pacific. This three-day celebration of art, music and dance is filled with spectacular sights and sounds, including aboriginal dance performances, cultural demonstrations and a vibrant parade through Waikiki. More than 5,000 artisans, performers and spectators from across Japan, Hawaii, Taiwan, Australia, and the Philippines will descend on Honolulu to be a part of this vibrant cultural celebration.

"This year’s theme, Pacific Renaissance, goes hand in hand with the revitalization efforts in Waikiki," said David Asanuma, executive director of the Honolulu Festival Foundation, organizer of the Honolulu Festival. "Just as Waikiki attracts visitors from around the world, the Honolulu Festival brings together cultures from across the Pacific and enables them to share their heritage with each other while promoting goodwill and friendship."

A special highlight of the 13th Annual Honolulu Festival will be the cultural exchange seminar, Building Friendships By Playing Hardball, which will explore how the game of baseball played a major role in bridging the cultural gap between America and Japan. A panel discussion will also focus on the breaking of cultural barriers and the hardships endured by American ballplayers as they entered in to the professional Japanese baseball arena and how they persevered to help build understanding and friendships that endure today.

"It is astounding that the sport of baseball could be so instrumental in helping Japan-U.S. relations, we are excited to be able to share this relatively unknown piece of history with the community," noted Asanuma.

Entertainment and demonstrations will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center and the brand new Waikiki Beach Walk, a vibrant showcase and gathering place located in the midst of revitalization efforts taking place in Waikiki. All events are free and open to the public.

Highlights of the 13th Annual Honolulu Festival include:


    - The 4th U.S. - Japan Cultural Exchange Seminar Program
    Building Friendships By Playing Hardball

    This unique cultural exchange seminar and panel discussion explores how baseball bridged the cultural gap between America and Japan. Maui-born Wally Yonamine, a pioneer who broke down barriers and became accepted by Japanese ballplayers, will share his experiences.


    - Cultural Performances From Japan
    Talented musicians, dancers and entertainers from throughout Japan will delight spectators with traditional and contemporary performances.


    - Descendance - Australian Aboriginal Dance Troupe
    Members of this energetic dance troupe return to the Honolulu Festival for the third consecutive year. Descendance was born from the mighty Ngaru (Naroo) Aboriginal Dance Company, Sydney’s first professional independent traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance troupe established in 1993. Ngaru means, "shake a leg," a dance style prevalent in the Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland.


    - Formosa Aboriginal Culture Village
    Cultural Presentation from Taiwan

    Representing the Taiwanese aboriginal tribes in its encore Honolulu Festival performance, this elegant group uses traditional song and dance to introduce spectators to Taiwan’s indigenous culture.


    - Island Music and Culture
    Visitors will get a taste of the islands when they listen to the beautiful Hawaiian music performed by the amazing Raiatea Helm or watch one of Tahiti Nui International’s dynamic dance performances.


    - Local and Japanese Craft Fair
    More than 100 Japanese and local artisans will showcase their crafts at the Hawaii Convention Center on March 10 and 11.


    - 4th Annual Maui Mikoshi Design Contest
    The Maui Mikoshi Design Contest was developed exclusively for Maui high school students. Mikoshi are decorative portable floats that are unique to specific prefectures in Japan. This year, Kamehameha High School, Maui Campus was selected as the overall winner. Forty-three students will travel to Honolulu to carry their winning mikoshi in the Grand Parade.


    - Grand Parade in Waikiki
    The Honolulu Festival weekend culminates on March 11 with the Grand Parade down Kalakaua Avenue. This spectacular parade features colorful floats and lively dance performances. The parade will take place Sunday, March 11, 2007 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
In addition to an impressive schedule of free events offered by the 13th Annual Honolulu Festival, the public is invited to support the Festival’s Friendship Gala, a fundraising event to benefit the Honolulu Festival Foundation’s educational and cultural programs. The Friendship Gala will be held the evening of Saturday, March 10 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Guest will be treated to dazzling live performances from Japan, Taiwan, Australia and Hawaii. They will also feast on delicious regional cuisine provided by some of Hawaii’s finest chefs and restaurants. Tickets are $85 each ($35 is tax deductible) and can be purchased by calling 808-596-3327.

The 2007 Honolulu Festival is supported by the Honolulu Festival Foundation, a non-profit organization formed in 2000 to administer Festival activities and perpetuate the culture, customs and traditions of Asians and Pacific Islanders through community outreach and charitable efforts.



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- Other Festivals on Oahu
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