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