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


Here are some of the highlights of the fest’s free-admission events and offerings.

Cultural Performances and Exhibits — Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Three locations: Hawaii Convention Center, Waikiki Beach Walk, and DFS Galleria (Sunday only). In addition, the Hawaii Convention Center will feature: “Ennichi Corner,” a children’s activities center offering customary Japanese games, crafts, and traditions; “Anime Corner,” where the popular animation phenomenon will be spotlighted with workshops and exhibits; and a craft fair. Also, the fest will present free screenings of various films  at the Hawaii Convention Center. 

Tsunami discussions, updates3/11 Tsunami Debris: Japan – U.S. Collaborative Effort, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Honolulu Convention Center, room 323. Panelists from U.S. and Japan organizations will discuss the effects of debris from the March 2011 tsunami on the Pacific Ocean and the collaborative efforts being taken to combat this environmental problem.

U.S. organizations represented include: Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources, Hawaii State Department of Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Japan organizations represented include: Headquarters for Ocean Policy – Cabinet Office, Former Deputy Chief of Cabinet – Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of the Environment, and the Consul General of Japan at Honolulu.

Mamiko Akutagawa Talk Show: Rebuilding Begins on the Road – Story Behind the Camera,” 
Saturday, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., room 301. This discussion will focus on the rebuilding of areas destroyed two years ago by the Tohoku Tsunami. A report will be presented on how the disaster areas are recovering, and to express appreciation for the tremendous support received. Hosted by Reiko T. Rogers of Studio Rim Hawaii. 

Hawaii Music — Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Hawaii Convention Center, room 311. 
The following bands will entertain audiences with free performances covering a range of enjoyable music: 25th Infantry Division Army Rock Band – “Rock Steady Legacy,” Damien Memorial School Concert Band (director, Kent Sato), Kaiser High School Concert Band (director, Michael Bataluna), Kalani High School Orchestra (director, Daniel Akemoto), Kauai High School Marching Band (director, Darryl Miyasato), and Mililani High School Concert Band (director, Bryan Hirata).

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