HONOLULU (HI Now) - The Honolulu Festival has grown to be one of Hawaii’s most anticipated events, each year bringing together thousands of people to celebrate cultures from around the world! This year’s festival has been put on hold, but event goers and participants look forward to 2023 when they can once again enjoy the festivities.
“The Honolulu Festival started as more of a cultural exchange between Japan and Hawaii,” Honolulu Festival Spokesperson Lenny Yajima explains. “The festival wanted to bring Japanese culture to the people of Hawaii who couldn’t necessarily go to Japan and experience things like the Daijayama, the fire-breathing dragon.”
Over the years, the festival has evolved to include people from all over the Pacific region. In recent years, it’s also included people from North and South America. Eventually, the festival hopes to include Europe to make it a truly international celebration.
Yajima says the festival is really important because of its educational value — especially for keiki.
“One of the highlights of the festival for me is seeing the reaction on the keiki’s faces when they’re watching a performance. And it’s usually something they’ve never seen live before,” she says.
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