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The Honolulu Festival is set to showcase a weekend of Pacific Rim cultural performances, exhibits, craft fairs, workshops, movie screenings, and more for the enjoyment of residents and visitors the weekend of March 11-13.
Celebrating its 22nd year, the Honolulu Festival cultural performances will be held at three convenient locations: Hawaii Convention Center, Waikiki Beach Walk and Ala Moana Center. The Hawaii Convention Center will be the host site for the food providers, craft fairs, workshops, and movie screenings. Best of all, everyone can experience all this and more for free.
The Honolulu Festival will conclude Sunday evening (March 13) with two highly anticipated events. First, the always-popular Waikiki Grand Parade begins at 4:30 p.m. on Kalakaua Avenue featuring performers, floats, and groups from Pacific Rim countries and Hawaii. Following the parade, the magnificent Nagaoka Fireworks Show will light up the night skies over Waikiki, starting at 8:30 p.m.
Under the banner “Pacific Harmony,” the Honolulu Festival is committed to perpetuating the strong cultural ties between the Pacific Rim and Hawaii, as depicted in this year’s theme, “Cultural Harmony, Journey to Peace.”
In addition to the Festival’s cultural significance, Hawaii’s tourism economy benefits as well. Nearly 5,000 visitors are coming to Hawaii just to participate in the Festival and comprise most of the 124 groups performing. In its first 21 years, the Festival has generated an estimated $200 million total in visitor spending.
Nagoaka City, sister city to Honolulu and host of the Nagaoka Fireworks Show, aims to dazzle residents and visitors alike throughout Waikiki for the fifth straight year, with Sunday’s grand finale to the festival.