This weekend, female-owned/operated businesses on the Big Island will band together for a festival dedicated to empowering women and to celebrate Girls’ Day. The 8th Annual Girl’s Day Diva Festival, sponsored by the University of Hawai at Hilo, honors the longstanding Japanese tradition with food, music and prizes and invites “pas” (and their families) from around the islands to join.

Hawaiian musicians Brothers Cazimero will perform at the Diva Fest.

Running a business can be tough, which means it takes an even tougher person to do the job. So having women at the forefront of the businesses featured at the festival couldn’t send more of an empowering message to those who attend. There will be food samplings from the local restaurants and food suppliers, including Abundant Life Natural Foods, Big Island Delights, Crivello’s Place, Kaleo’s Bar & Grill, Ken’s House of Pancakes, Kuhio Grill & Restaurant Encore, Manono Mini Mart, Millie’s Deli & Snack Shop and Ponds Hilo. Where else would you be able to experience the many flavors of the Big Island in one place?

There will also be a silent auction and door prizes, with items donated by the women-owned businesses. What’s great, too, about this event is that it’s not exclusive to women attendees. Anyone is welcomed to join in; Lee Dombroski, manager for the UHH Performing Arts Center, said it right: “It is a great way for men to show their love and support of the women in their lives.” This includes wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, grandmothers and aunties.

The festival will benefit the UHH Performing Arts Center Scholarship Fund and the Performing Arts Center’s programs. Later in the day, the Brothers Cazimero will share their appreciation for Hawaiian music with a live performance.

An event like this one is important to have because it encourages us to take a moment and mahalo the women who have impacted our lives. For me, I don’t know where I’d be without my mom and little sis. Even though my sister and I are now “grown up,” it’s nice to be able to say that we’ve never lost touch or lost that connection. Between the three of us, we try to meet up weekly for coffee or lunch or make sure to call each other, even if for a quick convo. Please take some time this week to do the same, as any wise boyfriend would agree, we’re worth it.

8TH ANNUAL GIRLS’ DAY DIVA FESTIVAL • Sunday, March 4 at 2pm; Brothers Cazimero perform at 4pm ($40) • University of Hawaii at Hilo, Campus Center Dining Hall • For more info and to buy tickets, call 808-974-7310 or www.artscenter.uhh.hawaii.edu

Photo Credit: UHH Performing Arts


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Please stay tuned for a separate Girls’ Day post on Saturday, March 3.

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