If you’re lucky enough to be in in Hawaii over the next few days you have to check out the annual Honolulu Festival.  All of the action begins tomorrow with a Friendship Gala featuring Hawaii’s own Raiatea Helm and ends with an amazing  Grand parade down Kalakaua Avenue.

Now in it’s 21st year, The Honolulu Festival is one of Hawaii’s largest cultural events which shares the cultures, customs & flavors of the Asian, Pacific and Hawaiian cultures. Every year thousands of visitors and locals alike come together for this fun-filled educational experience which takes place over 3 days every March at this time of year.

The festival features non-stop entertainment, workshops and events and takes place in various locations around Honolulu. Visit their website for dates, times and locations. A popular event is the craft fair which showcases over 100 booths from Japan Hawaii and other Pacific countries. This is the perfect place to pick up some unique souvenirs if you’re here visiting the islands. There’s also demonstrations and classes where you can interact and learn from people all over the Pacific rim.

Toy booth at Honolulu Festival craft fair

My favorite event has to be the Grand Parade. It’s free and no matter what’s going on, we always make it a tradition to head to Kalakua Ave, for this exciting spectacle.  I get overwhelmed by the beauty of this parade but what beings me the most joy is seeing all the cultures of the Pacific together. This kind of display of mutual respect demonstrates that we can all learn from each other, celebrate our uniqueness and co-exist in harmony which is what the Honolulu Festival is all about.

What: 21st Annual Honolulu Festival March 6-8, 2015
Where:Various venues in Honolulu (see website for details)

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