Cultural Performances, Music, and Arts on Display at Honolulu Festival, March 7-8

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The Honolulu Festival, Hawaii's premier celebration of Pacific Rim culture, will offer a weekend full of cultural performances, music, and activities, along with a Grand Parade through Waikiki and fireworks show over Waikiki Beach.

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This March, the 21st annual Honolulu Festival will celebrate the people and culture of the Pacific Rim and Hawaii, offering dynamic dance performances, music, and exhibits. Best of all, attendees can enjoy all this and more for free.

Under the theme, “Creating Cultural Friendships with Aloha,” the Festival’s weekend of activities also features the ever-popular Grand Parade through Waikiki and the spectacular Nagaoka Fireworks Show over Waikiki Beach.

The weekend of festivities begins with the Friendship Gala, the Honolulu Festival’s only paid event, which serves as a fundraiser to support educational and cultural programs in Hawaii. The Gala will present guests with a vibrant showcase of cultural entertainment and performances and a selection of entrées to enjoy from many of Hawaii’s premier restaurants.

  •     When: Friday, March 6, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
  •     Location: Hawaii Convention Center
  •     Cost: $90 per person over age 21 / $70 for under 21 (children under age 6 are free)
  •     Includes food and one beverage


Cultural and arts performances, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Attendees will enjoy cultural entertainment by performers from Japan, the Pacific Rim, and Hawaii. Highlights include traditional taiko drumming, cultural dances, musical performances, hula, exhibits and more! Locations: Hawaii Convention Center, Waikiki Beach Walk, and Ala Moana Center.

Cultural and arts performances, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Day two of the festivities continues with cultural music and dance performances, exhibits, and workshops. Locations: Hawaii Convention Center, Waikiki Beach Walk, and Ala Moana Center.

Waikiki Grand Parade, 4:30 p.m.
Enjoy exciting entertainment by cultural performers, bands, and floats as they dance their way through Waikiki along Kalakaua Avenue.

Nagaoka Fireworks Show, 8:30 p.m.
The grand finale of the festival, the Nagaoka City fireworks show from Japan, will light up the skies over Waikiki Beach.

INFORMATION: Website: / (808) 833-3378/ @honfestival

HONOLULU – Supported by the Honolulu Festival Foundation, Hawaii Tourism Authority, and corporate sponsors, the 21st annual Honolulu Festival features a weekend of free arts and cultural displays and entertainment performances for all to enjoy, March 7-8.

Under the banner of “Pacific Harmony” and the theme “Creating Cultural Friendships with Aloha,” the Honolulu Festival’s goal is to help perpetuate the strong cultural and ethnic ties between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.

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

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