February 2017 - March 2017 (Various dates throughout Feb and Mar.)
Honolulu's Cherry Blossom Festival was first held in 1949 and has been cele ......
Honolulu's Cherry Blossom Festival was first held in 1949 and has been celebrating Japanese culture and heritage on Hawaii each year ever since. Events take place in various locations over a two-month period leading up to the festival finale: the grand Festival Ball where the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen will be crowned. Other events include heritage displays, fashion shows, a golf tournament, traditional Japanese musical performances and numerous cultural displays and exhibitions celebrating Japanese culture, customs and heritage.
Hawaii's most emblematic symbol is without doubt the lei – a garland of f ......
Hawaii's most emblematic symbol is without doubt the lei – a garland of flowers, given as an expression of welcome and hospitality. May Day is dedicated to the lei and the traditions associated with it. The first Lei Day was held in 1927. From small beginnings it has grown into an event celebrated across the islands, but especially in Honolulu on Oahu. Events on this day include pageants and competitions for both lei queen and the making of the lei itself.
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A fusion of Pan-Pacific cultures, this popular festival is a weekend of eve ......
A fusion of Pan-Pacific cultures, this popular festival is a weekend of events ranging from a block party to a fun half marathon. But the main event is the colourful parade that starts at Fort DeRussy and then heads through town down Kalakaua Avenue, through the heart of Waikiki and ends at Kapiolani Park. Over 1,000 marchers, floats and bands participate in the parade and the streets are lined with cheering spectators. Another popular event that attracts big crowds is the Hula Festival, which is held in the Ala Moana Shopping Center and offers visitors a great introduction to this traditional Hawaiian dance.
The Aloha Festivals take place across six of the islands, celebrating Hawai ......
The Aloha Festivals take place across six of the islands, celebrating Hawaii's music, dance and history. More than 300 events make up the festivals and help to preserve the unique island traditions. On each island, celebrations commence with "Oahu", where a king, queen, prince, princess and attendants are chosen, all of them of Hawaiian descent. The investitures are wonderfully evocative occasions of much colour and ceremony including the blowing of conch shells and waving of feather standards. Aloha Festivals incorporate the strong Pacific, Asian and Western cultural influences on the islands, epitomised by everything from Japanese Bon Dance to the traditional hula. Music, song, dance, traditional rituals and pageantry in native costume, floral parades, sports and competitions are among the many events.
Various venues and locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
The annual Hawaii International Film Festival presents an excellent program ......
The annual Hawaii International Film Festival presents an excellent programme of films ranging from mainstream Hollywood blockbusters to low-budget, independent releases. Established in 1981, the festival is dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film. The festival proved so popular that a 'Spring Showcase' was added to the programme in 1998 which is held each March/April.