HI Now Japan explores 2021 Honolulu Festival virtual celebration

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In order to help keep the connection between Hawaii and Japan strong during these times of restrictive travel, HI Now Japan was born, sharing the latest in news, entertainment, and feel-good stories from the islands. From Waikiki, HI Now Japan Host Yuta Matsumoto highlights the long-lasting relationship between Hawaii and Japan represented in the Honolulu Festival, another event that will be held virtually this year. He caught up with Kei Segawa, the festival’s emcee, to see what a virtual Honolulu Festival will look like.

This year, you can join the celebration by watching the televised special, “Honolulu Festival: Pacific Harmony Through Cultural Exchange,” premiering March 13, 2021 at 7 p.m. on K5.

For decades, Hawaii and Japan have enjoyed a great cross-cultural relationship. Today, the Honolulu Festival continues this bond, bringing together a number of cultures from around the Pacific Rim. Established in 2000, the festival also includes cultures like Australia, Taiwan, the Philippines, South Korea, and Tahiti in order to celebrate the bond of the Pacific Ocean.

In years past, the festival was a three-day event that culminated with a massive parade making its way down Kalakaua Avenue along with a spectacular fireworks display. Although the festival will take place virtually this year through the TV special, you can still expect to see exciting new performances as well as a look back at some of the beautiful events that happened during past festivals.

Be sure to watch “Honolulu Festival: Pacific Harmony Through Cultural Exchange” premiering on March 13 at 7 p.m. on K5 and streaming at the same time on HawaiiNewsNow.com. You can also watch encore airings on March 14 at 8 p.m. on KHNL and March 19 at 7 p.m. on KGMB.

For more information: honolulufestival.com, on Facebook: @HonoluluFestival, or on Instagram and Twitter: @HonFestival