Enjoy Asia-Pacific Culture With Exhibits and Performances at the 20th Annual Honolulu Festival, March 7-9, 2014

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Hawaii's premier celebration of Pacific Rim culture, the Honolulu Festival will offer a weekend of free performances, music, and hands-on activities, along with a Grand Parade through Waikiki and a spectacular fireworks show over Waikiki Beach.

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Celebrating its 20th year of bringing together the people and cultural diversity of Asia and the Pacific, the Honolulu Festival offers dynamic and fascinating dance performances, music and exhibits that attendees can enjoy for free.

Under the theme, “Jubilation, One Heart, One Pacific, One World,” the Festival’s weekend of activities also features the Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN relay race around historic Diamond Head crater, the Grand Parade through Waikiki, and spectacular Nagaoka Fireworks Show over Waikiki Beach.

WHEN: MARCH 7-9, 2014

Friendship Gala, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Friendship Gala features exciting cultural entertainment by Honolulu Festival performers and the cuisine of top restaurants on Oahu. Held at the Hawaii Convention Center, the Gala is a benefit for the Honolulu Festival Foundation to support its educational and cultural programs.

  • Cost: $90 per person over age 21 / $70 for under 21 (children under age 6 are free)
  • Includes food and one beverage

Cultural Performances, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cultural and arts performances at the Hawaii Convention Center, Waikiki Beach Walk and Ala Moana Center.

Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN, 9:00 a.m.
Race in the second annual “EKIDEN” (long distance relay) race. A tradition of Japan for over 90 years, EKIDEN brings teams of 3-5 runners together in the spirit of aloha to compete in this scenic ocean view route around Diamond Head. Registration and more information are available at HonoluluEkiden.com.

Cultural Performances, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cultural and arts performances at the Hawaii Convention Center, Waikiki Beach Walk and Ala Moana Center.

Waikiki Grand Parade, 4:30 p.m.
The Festival’s performers and floats will captivate onlookers as they dance their way along Kalakaua Avenue.

Nagaoka Fireworks Show, 8:30 p.m.
This spectacular 20-minute firework show from Nagaoka City, Japan will light up the skies over Waikiki Beach.

INFORMATION: http://www.honolulufestival.com / @honfestival / (808) 833-3378

HONOLULU – Supported by the Honolulu Festival Foundation, Hawaii Tourism Authority, and corporate sponsors, the Honolulu Festival is celebrating its 20th year in 2014 with a weekend of free arts and cultural displays and entertainment performances for all to enjoy, March 7-9.

Under the banner of “Pacific Harmony” and the theme, “Jubilation, One Heart, One Pacific, One World” the Honolulu Festival’s goal is to help perpetuate the strong cultural and ethnic ties between the people of Asia-Pacific and Hawaii.

The Honolulu Festival Foundation supports educational and cultural programs for the benefit of Hawaii’s schoolchildren and the community-at-large through public outreach and charitable efforts.

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