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Hawaii: Honolulu to host Pan-Pacific Festival

May 30, 2013|By Jay Jones
  • More than 500 participants representing different performance groups and organizations from Hawaii and around the world will be participating in the Pan-Pacific Parade on June 9.
More than 500 participants representing different performance groups… (Pan-Pacific Festival )

The Pan-Pacific Festival, one of Honolulu’s biggest annual celebrations, will draw thousands of people to Waikiki from June 7-9. Activities will bring together people from various Pacific Rim cultures to share their music, arts, dance, food and more.

The festival begins at 11 a.m. June 7 and moves into high gear that evening with a block party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. along Kalakaua Avenue. It will feature live entertainment on multiple stages, plus craft booths and dozens of food booths and trucks.

Each evening, dozens of hula halau (troupes) from Hawaii and Japan will perform  dances at the Hula Mound on Kuhio Beach.

Daily “performing arts showcases” will feature traditional Japanese song and dance as well as more than 25 cultural presentations.

The festival culminates with a colorful parade from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 9 on Kalakaua Avenue from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park. More than 500 participants are expected.

The annual event draws about 100,000 people, about half from abroad.

Info: Pan-Pacific Festival, (808) 926-8177.

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