If you’re going to be vacationing on Oahu over the weekend of March 14 – 15, there will be a festival going on you won’t want to miss. Dubbed “Pacific Harmony,” the 15th-annual Honolulu Festival celebrates and displays the fascinating arts and diverse culture of the Pacific. This year’s theme is “Heart of the Pacific, Creating our Future.”
The weekend celebration will feature live musical and cultural performances, as well as impressive art exhibits by artisans from Japan, Australia, Tahiti, The Philippines, The Republic of China (Taiwan), Korea, Hawaii and the rest of the United States.
And it’s all free. The events will be located at the Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Shopping Center, Waikiki Shopping Plaza and Waikiki Beach Walk, concluding with a Grand Parade through the heart of Waikiki on the final evening, Sunday, March 15.
During the weekend you’ll be treated to performances by the Obama Girls (no relation) from Obama, Japan; the “daijayama” or fire-breathing dragon float, and the Descendance from Australia, among other spectacles. The festival also will showcase Hawaii cultural groups who will share the beauty of their heritage with you in several venues.
The festival has become enormously popular locally and a special treat for visitors. Last year, almost 100,000 spectators enjoyed the festivities and the event attracted some 6,000 visitors from Japan. More than 90 cultural groups performed, many of them coming from countries throughout the Pacific Rim.
If you would like more information or details about the Honolulu Festival, pick an agent from the Hawaii-Aloha Web site , or call 1-800-843-8771 and check out the festival blog http://honolulufestivalinhawaii.blogspot.com/
Posted by Jim Winpenny
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February 24th, 2009