18th Annual Honolulu Festival Being Held in March

Every year people from around the world gather in Hawaii to celebrate and share the unique blend of Asian, Pacific, and Hawaiian cultures. The Honolulu festival is a great opportunity for you to gain an intimate understanding of the different cultures that make up life in the Hawaiian Islands. If you will be in town during the weekend of the Honolulu Festival (March 2nd-4th) you really should try to make time to attend some of the events being held. The festivities for the annual Honolulu Festival begin on Friday March 2; the first public event will begin at 1:00pm in the Hawaii Convention Center and is called Sugaren and International Rainbow Children Project. Suga-Ren is a dance troupe from Kochi, Shikoku Prefecture. They will perform a Yosakoi style dance – a style of dance that originated in Kochi in 1954 – at the Hawaii Convention center. Saturday and Sunday will be filled with activities and performances that will interest the young and old, as well as the visitor and local. The Honolulu Festival website has a full list of the events that will be happening throughout the weekend here, but here are a few highlights that will be very entertaining.

18th Annual Honolulu Festival

Date: March 2 – 4, 2012 Place: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Venue: Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center and Waikiki Beach Walk

Ennichi Corner

Ennichi Corner will be set up from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center. Ennichi day is a day in which Japanese people celebrate particular deities that are special to them. As part of the excitement during Ennichi day food and game stalls that are setup near temples or shrines, attracting many visitors. There will be an Ennichi Corner set up at the Hawaii Convention Center for all to enjoy.

Grand Parade and Nagaoka Fireworks Show

The celebratory weekend will draw to a close on Sunday afternoon. The Grand Parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. and follow down Kalakaua Avenue into Waikiki. The Nagaoka Fireworks show, which will begin at 8:30 p.m. over Waikiki Beach, is a large, breathtaking display. Nagaoka Fireworks are well known for their large displays which orginate from Niigata Prefecture.

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