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Honolulu Festival celebrates Asia-Pacific culture with music, dance, fireworks


The Honolulu Festival, a lively celebration of Asia-Pacific culture, will get under way on Fri., March 1 with a Friendship Gala at the Hawaii Convention Center and wrap up on Sun., March 3 with the annual Grand Parade along Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki followed by a dazzling Nagaoka Fireworks Show over Oahu’s south shore beaches.

Now in its 19th year, the festival will feature its signature mix of arts and cultural displays, food events, and live performances from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, the Philippines, various places in North America and, of course, Hawaii. In all, the fest is expected to bring a total of 4,500 performers and visitors to Oahu.

In addition, the event will feature a panel discussion and reports about efforts to rebuild areas destroyed two years ago by the Tohoku Tsunami as well as details about the effects of tsunami debris on the Pacific Ocean. 

Admission is free for festival performances and exhibit displays slated for Saturday and Sunday at the Hawaii Convention Center and Waikiki Beach Walk. At DFS Galleria, admission will be waived on Sunday only.

Honolulu Festival’s goal is to help perpetuate the strong cultural and ethnic ties between the people of Asia Pacific and Hawaii. Under the banner of “Pacific Harmony,” this year’s theme is “Transforming the world; Connect! Discover! Let each experience fascinate you!”

In a news release issued by the Honolulu Festival Foundation, the nonprofit’s president, Keiichi Tsujino, said: “The Honolulu Festival celebrates the heritage of our cultural diversity through entertainment, exhibits and arts, and offers many events and activities for the whole family to enjoy.”

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