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Honolulu Events

Cherry Blossom Festival

Honolulu's Cherry Blossom Festival was first held in 1953 and has been celebrating Japanese culture and heritage on Hawaii each year ever since. Events take place in various locations over a three-month period leading up to the festival finale: the grand Festival Ball where the Cherry Blossom Festival Queen will be crowned.

Date: 01 January 2019 - 31 March 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues and locations in Honolulu.
Website: http://www.cbfhawaii.com
Cost:

Various.


Narcissus Festival

Celebrates Chinese culture with art exhibits, parades, musical performances and more.

Date: 12 January 2019 - 24 January 2019
Venue: Various venues.

Honolulu Festival

With an eclectic program of cultural events, the Honolulu Festival is a weekend of entertainment and educational activities aimed at promoting understanding and integration between the people of Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region. During the festival visitors can take their pick from live music, dancing, art exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, school visits and a colourful street parade. This is arguably Hawaii's biggest and best-loved cultural festival.

Date: 08 March 2019 - 10 March 2019
Venue: Various venues and locations in Honolulu.
Website: http://www.honolulufestival.com/en
Cost:

Various.


Lei Day Celebration

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 1928. 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.

Date: 01 May 2019 - 01 May 2019
Venue: Various.
Cost:

Free.


Pan-Pacific Festival

A fusion of Pan-Pacific cultures, this popular festival is a weekend of events ranging from a performing arts showcase to a street dance fest. 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. Many 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 Center and offers visitors a great introduction to this traditional Hawaiian dance.

Date: 07 June 2019 - 09 June 2019
Venue: Various venues and locations in Honolulu.
Website: http://www.pan-pacific-festival.com
Cost:

Free.


Aloha Festivals

The Aloha Festivals celebrates Hawaii's music, dance and history. Many events make up the festival and help to preserve the unique island traditions. Celebrations commence with the “royal family”, 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.

Date: 31 August 2019 - 28 September 2019
Venue: Various venues and locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands.
Website: http://www.alohafestivals.com
Cost:

Various.


Hawaii International Film Festival

The annual Hawaii International Film Festival presents an excellent program 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 program in 1998, which is held each March/April.

Date: 01 November 2019 - 30 November 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various cinemas in Honolulu.
Website: http://www.hiff.org
Cost:

Various.


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