Japan-Hawaii Bond Showcased in Festival

HONOLULU -- The fourth annual Honolulu Festival, showcasing Japanese arts and culture, will be held March 14 and 15.

The festival, which promotes cultural exchange between Japan and Hawaii, is free to the public.

Among the highlights of more than 50 events are:

  • A carp-shaped kite, larger than a football field when laid flat, launched by crane at Kapiolani Park.
  • A 2.5-ton, 15-foot Japanese-warrior float, made of paper-mache, in the festival's parae.
  • Highlights on March 14 will include:

  • Exhibits and performances at Sky Gate park fronting Honolulu Hale (city hall), including dance, painting, games, sumo and food booths, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • At Hawaii Theater, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., a kimono show, chorus and hula.
  • At Ala Moana Center, martial arts and musical instrument demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; at Kapiolani Park, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., kite-flying demonstrations, including the giant carp.
  • Highlights on March 15 will include:

  • More events, ranging from poetry reading and folk singing to traditional dance, at Hawaii Theatre, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center and Ala Moana Center, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • A parade, 6 to 8:30 p.m., along Waikiki's Kalakaua Avenue, including a Japanese-warrior float, accompanied by more than 200 musicians and dancers.
  • The festival is organized by a committee of corporations and associations in Japan and Hawaii.

    Honolulu Festival, Phone: (808) 544-3055

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