2007 Honolulu Festival
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
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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
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
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:
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 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
Cultural Performances From Japan
Talented musicians, dancers and entertainers from throughout
Japan will delight spectators with traditional and contemporary
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.
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
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