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Festivals are a big thing in Hawaii and because there is such an abundance of them throughout the year, you may get to experience one while on a Hawaii vacation. Many of these festivals create a cultural bridge between East and West and celebrate their rich histories. The Pan Pacific Festival, now in its 31st year is one such event.
As a result of travelers from Japan to Hawaii increasing in the late 70s, a group was formed with its goal to increase education between the two cultures that would be educational and enjoyable. In 1980 the idea of the Matsuri (festival) was born; the concept was to bring artists together with Hawaii residents and tourists who travel here from all over the world. They wanted something that people could participate in which would expose them to traditional Japanese culture.
The event has grown over the years to include three Days of activities. As in previous years, the festival begins Friday night with a huge block party on Kalakaua Avenue which becomes one of the largest outdoor multi-cultural exhibits of its kind. You’ll find lots of delicious food booths representing perse ethnic cuisines. On Saturday there a cultural performances including the 10th annual Pan – Pacific Hula Festival at Kuhio beach in Waikiki and performing arts recitals at the Ala Moana Shopping Center stage. The festival continues through Sunday and climaxes with the Pan PAcifc Parade down Kalakaua beginning at Fort DeRussy and ending at Kapiolani Park.
Many people plan their entire Hawaii vacations around these festivals so make sure the check to see which ones might be happening when you travel to the islands. All of our agents are aware of these festivals are planning process just give us a call at 1-800-843-8771.
The 31st Pan-Pacific Fetival
: June 11 – 13
Waikiki, Ala Moana Center
: 808-926-8177; www.pan-pacific-festival.com
For a complete schedule of events click here