Fireworks, friendship and fun are on tap for the March 6-8 return of the Honolulu Festival.
Through music and dance performances, fireworks and a parade, the popular weekend festival celebrates the people and cultures of Hawaii and the nations of the Pacific Rim. All but one of the events is free.
The March 6 Friendship Gala, the kickoff event, is the only gathering for which admission is charged. Tickets cost $90 per person. Proceeds support educational and cultural programs in Hawaii. Entertainment and entrees such as fish from Morimoto Waikiki and duck from Roy’s are on the menu.
The March 7 activities, which run 10 a.m.–6 p.m., include a variety of entertainment options, such as a craft fair, specialty foods from various nations, culturally themed films and performances by percussionists playing traditional Japanese taiko drums.
The cultural activities continue from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 8, followed by the Waikiki Grand Parade. Starting at 4:30 p.m., bands, floats and street performers will make their way down Kalakaua Avenue.
The festival climaxes with a fireworks show at along Waikiki Beach at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The pyrotechnics are presented by the City of Nagaoka, Japan, which is well known for its fireworks displays over the Shinano River each August.
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