Honolulu Festival returns with free weekend of Asia-Pacific culture

| March 6, 2012 | 0 Comments
The Honolulu Festival returns with a free weekend of Asia-Pacific culture, music and exhibits, March 3-4. Under the banner of “Pacific Harmony,” the Honolulu Festival’s theme for 2012 is “Bonding together, hand in hand.” The Honolulu Festival was founded in 1995 as a celebration of music, art and culture to help promote cultural understanding and harmony between the people of Hawaii and Asia-Pacific. (Courtesy Photo)

The Honolulu Festival returns with a free weekend of Asia-Pacific culture, music and exhibits, March 3-4. Under the banner of “Pacific Harmony,” the Honolulu Festival’s theme for 2012 is “Bonding together, hand in hand.” The Honolulu Festival was founded in 1995 as a celebration of music, art and culture to help promote cultural understanding and harmony between the people of Hawaii and Asia-Pacific. (Courtesy Photo)

Honolulu Festival Foundation
News Release

HONOLULU — The Honolulu Festival returns March 3-4 with a full slate of music, dance, crafts, arts, special exhibits and fireworks displays presented by the people of the Asia-Pacific region.

Following performances, March 4, the festivities shift to Waikiki for the festival’s finale. Visiting performers will entertain in the Waikiki Grand Parade on Kalakaua Avenue, starting at 4:30 p.m., followed by the Nagaoka Fireworks Show making its first appearance outside of Japan to light up the skies over Waikiki Beach.

“We encourage everyone to come out and show their support for our visiting performers and celebrate the beauty of our different cultures in the Pacific Rim,” said Keiichi Tsujino, president, Honolulu Festival Foundation.

“With free admission and the variety of all there is to enjoy, the Honolulu Festival is perfect for family fun and entertainment,” Tsujino added.

Presented under the banner of “Pacific Harmony,” the theme for this year’s Honolulu Festival is “Bonding together, hand in hand.”

More than 4,500 performers and visitors are coming to Hawaii from Asia-Pacific, mostly Japan. Performers representing the cultures of Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Australia, the Philippines, Canada, Alaska, the mainland U.S. and Hawaii will entertain guests with displays of music and dance.

“The Honolulu Festival is a great opportunity to celebrate our wonderful cultural traditions and share with our Pacific Rim neighbors,” said City and County of Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle.

The international visitors coming to Hawaii for the Honolulu Festival will help boost the economy, adding an estimated $11 million in visitor spending and $1.1 million in tax revenue for weekend events. In addition, more than 75,000 residents and visitors are expected to enjoy the cultural performances, parade and fireworks.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the visitors for this year’s Honolulu Festival,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO, Hawaii Tourism Authority. “Every year the festival draws thousands of visitors to the Hawaiian Islands to celebrate the unique cultures that make up Asia-Pacific. We are pleased to support events like the Honolulu Festival, that not only draw visitors, but highlight what makes Hawaii so special through our people, place and culture.”

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