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25th Annual Honolulu Festival / Parade 2019

Experience Pacific Harmony at the Honolulu Festival

The Honolulu Festival is Hawaii's premier cultural event, promoting understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region. Each year, the Festival draws thousands of new and returning spectators who are looking for an experience beyond Hawaii.


The Honolulu Festival, renowned for its diverse cultural performances, vibrant music, dance and special presentations, and spectacular parade and fireworks show in Waikiki, is celebrating its 25th anniversary, March 8-10.

Presented by the Honolulu Festival Foundation under the banner of "Pacific Harmony," this year's Festival theme is "Looking Back to Create the Future: 25 Years of Aloha."

Building on the Festival's goal of celebrating the cultural and ethnic ties of people from Hawaii and nations worldwide, this year's celebration also pays tribute to the sponsors, volunteers, performers, residents and visitors who have made this gathering Honolulu's highlight event each March for the past 25 years.

"We are very thankful for the support the Honolulu Festival has received from the people of Hawaii and organizations and individuals from far and wide in its first 25 years," said Tsukasa Harufuku, president of the Honolulu Festival Foundation. "This year will be another wonderful cultural celebration, featuring fascinating performances, thought-provoking presentations and exhibits and a magnificent 25-minute fireworks show over Waikiki Beach. We encourage everyone to join us in helping to promote a greater understanding of cultural goodwill among all people."

Two special events at the Hawaii Convention Center begin the Honolulu Festival on Friday, March 8. That morning, the invitation-only Educational School Tours will bring hundreds of students from schools throughout Oahu together with visiting international performers from Japan and other countries.

The evening of March 8 will feature an authentic performance of Kabuki, Japan's traditional theater drama, by acclaimed visiting artists from Japan. This rare performance, along with others being held that same week at the University of Hawaii's Kennedy Theatre, marks the first time Kabuki will be performed in Hawaii in more than 50 years.

The public events take place the weekend of March 9-10, with cultural performances at four locations, the Hawaii Convention Center, Waikiki Beach Walk, Ala Moana Center and International Marketplace. Admission is free. More than 100 groups from Asia, Oceania, Europe and South America, as well as Hawaii, are slated to perform. The Hawaii Convention Center will also feature crafts, exhibits, special activities and a film festival.

The festivities conclude Sunday evening in Waikiki with two highly anticipated events. First, a colorful Grand Parade along Kalakaua Avenue will commence at 4:00 p.m., with performers, floats, and cultural displays by groups internationally, as well as from Hawaii.

Following the parade, Honolulu's sister city, Nagaoka City in Japan, will light up the sky over Waikiki Beach with a spectacular 25-minute Nagaoka Fireworks Show beginning at 8:30 p.m.


Cultural Performances and Exhibits
Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m.
Cultural music and dance performances will be held at four locations: Hawaii Convention Center, Waikiki Beach Walk, Ala Moana Center and International Marketplace. Admission to see the performances is free. In addition, the Hawaii Convention Center will feature a wide array of cultural activities, arts, crafts, and exhibits appealing to all ages, including:

  • Ennichi Corner: Designed specifically for children, the Ennichi Corner will offer fun, hands-on activities inspired by the traditional Japanese Saint's Day festival. Children will be introduced to customary Japanese games, crafts, and traditions.
  • Craft Fair and Exhibitions: Crafters will display a wonderful variety of cultural art and exhibits.

Japanese Film Festival
Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m. -- 6:10 p.m.
Sunday, March 10, 10:00 a.m. -- 2:45 p.m.
Enjoy internationally acclaimed movies including Thermae Romae, Yoko the Cherry Blossom, The Vancouver Asahi and Sing My Life. Admission is free, but seating is limited and available on a first come-first served basis. The film festival will be staged on the third floor of the Hawaii Convention Center (room #311) and is co- sponsored by Japan Foundation, Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu and the Honolulu Festival Foundation.

Grand Parade
Sunday, March 10, 4:00 p.m.
Following Sunday's cultural performances, Kalakaua Avenue will take center stage for the Grand Parade. Festival groups and performers dancing, singing and staging cultural demonstrations will entertain spectators throughout the parade route, along with colorful floats.

Nagaoka Fireworks Show
Sunday, March 10, 8:30 p.m.
The Honolulu Festival will conclude with an extended version of the spectacular Nagaoka Fireworks Show over Waikiki Beach. In celebration of the festival's silver anniversary, this showcase of world-famous pyrotechnics will last 25-minutes. The fireworks will be shot from barges positioned in the waters at the midpoint of Waikiki Beach, allowing residents and visitors throughout the area to have an unobstructed view of the show.

Educational School Tours
Friday, March 8, 9:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m. (by invitation only)
Hawaii school students will take a cultural field trip to the Hawaii Convention Center to interact with visiting performers and artisans. Students will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at many of the Festival exhibits and activities.
Friendship Party "Kabuki Night"
Friday, March 8, 6:25 -- 8:40 p.m.
6:25 p.m. -- Doors Open
7:15 p.m. -- "What is Kabuki" Presentation
7:50 p.m. -- Kabuki Performance of Renjishi
Kabuki, the traditional theater drama of Japan, returns to Hawaii for the first time since 1967. Steeped in culture and tradition dating back to the 17th century (Edo period), kabuki is considered an art form that possesses the heart and soul of Japan.

This special presentation for the Honolulu Festival will feature a performance of Renjishi, with acclaimed kabuki artists from Japan telling the classic story of a lion teaching its cubs courage and strength through tough challenges.

Tickets for the Kabuki performance of Renjishi at the Honolulu Festival are $90 per person for ages 21 and older and $75 per person for ages 6-20, which includes a dinner from RINKA Japanese restaurant. Admission is free for children ages 5 and under, with an accompanying adult. To purchase tickets, please click here.

All proceeds raised will benefit local students to enhance international understanding and awareness through high-quality educational programs.


Supported by the Honolulu Festival Foundation, Hawaii Tourism Authority, and corporate sponsors, the 25th annual Honolulu Festival featuring a weekend of art and cultural displays and entertainment performances for all to enjoy, March 8-10.

Under the banner of "Pacific Harmony" and the theme, "Looking Back to Create the Future: 25 Years of Aloha" the Honolulu Festival's goal is to perpetuate the strong cultural and ethnic ties of people from Hawaii and nations around the world.

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.

For more information about the Honolulu Festival and its schedule of events, please visit Follow updates about the Festival on Twitter (@HonFestival), Instagram (@HonFestival) and become a fan of its Facebook page (Honolulu Festival).


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DATE: Mar 8(Fri), Mar 9(Sat), Mar 10(Sun)

LOCATION:Multiple location in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii - View schedules below for details

Event Calendar

Mar 8(Fri)

09:00 - 13:00

Educational School Tours

12:00 - 13:30

Governor's Luncheon Reception

09:00 - 18:15

Honolulu Hula Formal 2019

18:45 - 20:40

Friendship Gala "Kabuki Night" Special

Mar 9(Sat)

09:00 - 18:15

Honolulu Hula Formal 2019

10:00 - 18:00

Craft Fair / Ennichi Corner / Food Corner

10:00 - 18:00

Stage Performances

10:00 - 18:10

Japanese Film Festival

10:30 - 13:30


12:00 - 12:15

Maui Mikoshi Unveiling Ceremony

13:00 - 13:35

Bon Dance

15:00 - 15:35

Bon Dance

17:00 - 20:30


19:00 - 21:00

Honolulu Hula Formal "Dinner Party"

Mar 10(Sun)

08:00 - 13:00

Honolulu Rainbow EKIDEN

10:00 - 14:42

Japanese Film Festival

10:00 - 15:00

Craft Fair / Ennichi Corner / Food Corner

10:00 - 15:00

Stage Performances

13:55 - 14:30

Bon Dnace

16:00 - 16:30

Grand Parade Opening Performance

16:30 - 20:00

Grand Parade

20:30 -

Nagaoka Hanabi (Nagaoka Fireworks)

Through educational programs and activities sponsored by the Honolulu Festival Foundation, the Festival continues to successfully share the rich and vibrant blend of Asia, Pacific and Hawaiian cultures with the rest of the world.

The Honolulu Festival is a wonderful addition to your Hawaiian vacation. The three day extravaganza occurs every year in March on a weekend from Friday through Sunday. Dance performances and traditional art demonstrations are displayed by artisans from Japan, Australia, Tahiti, Philippines, Republic of China (Taiwan), Korea, Hawaii and the rest of the United States. The Festival culminates with a spectacular parade down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, Hawaii.

Honolulu Festival activities are held at various locations in the heart of the city, making them easily accessible to residents and visitors alike. Moreover, admission to all Festival events is free, ensuring that everyone can take part in the festivities.

The Festival's theme, "Pacific Harmony," reflects the Foundation's vision to share the many cultures of the Pacific region with the people of Hawaii and those visiting from all over the world. We hope to deepen the friendship with them and contribute to world peace.

About Honolulu Festival Foundation

The Honolulu Festival Foundation was established in 2000 as a non profit corporation under Chapter 415B of the Hawaii Revised Statutes. The Foundation is strictly limited to charitable, educational, and cultural exchange purposes.

Logo and Theme
The sun, a bird, a silhouette of Diamond Head, a palm tree, and a stalk of rice floating on the Pacific Ocean symbolize the cultural ties between the Asia-Pacific region and Hawaii.
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