Free performances, craft fair, ennichi, anime, parade, & fireworks!
The Honolulu Festival is Hawaii's premier cultural event, promoting understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region.
Dance performances and traditional art demonstrations are displayed by artisans from Japan, Australia, Tahiti, Philippines, Taiwan, Korea, Hawaii and the rest of the United States. The Festival culminates with a spectacular parade down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, Hawaii.
At Hawaii Convention Center
Jake Shimabukuro Japan Earthquake Benefit Concert (@ Waikiki Beach Walk)
Parade on Kalakaua Ave (starting @ Saratoga)
Nagaoka Fireworks (@ Waikiki Beach)
For more info: http://www.honolulufestival.com/eng/events.php
What is "Ennichi"?
"En" means having a special relation, "nichi" means day. Ennichi is a special day where the Japanese people celebrate their relations with a particular deity. Ennichi can be referred to as Saint’s Day. This day usually celebrates the birth or the passing of the deity they are honoring. The Japanese people visit the temple or shrine on these holy days to pray to the deity to bring them fortune and good health. A fun part of these festivals is the production of a large number of food and game stalls near the temple or shrine. This attracts many visitors young and old. Some of the popular foods include takoyaki (round flour batter balls filled with octopus), okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake), yakimorokoshi (grilled corn on the cob), kakikoori (shaved ice) and cotton candy. Other stalls feature kingyo sukui (a game of scooping up goldfish on a thin net made of paper), omen (plastic masks of famous cartoon characters), water balloons and various goods. The 14th Annual Honolulu Festival will be featuring Ennichi Corner. Some of the activities that you can look forward to is the fish scooping game, water balloon yoyo, cotton candy, yukata dressing, origami and plastic masks presentation. These activities represent an authentic Japanese ennichi and are perfect for the young and the young at heart.