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Hawaii: 5 things not to miss at Honolulu’s big Pan-Pacific Festival

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A member of the Ku-Ryu Taiko band performs during the Pan-Pacific Festival, held each June in Honolulu.
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Visitors to Waikiki in June will find hula and street dancers as well as a block party and parade as part of Honolulu’s annual Pan-Pacific Festival.

The accent of the festival from June 10 to 12 is on cultural arts and performances from Japan, Hawaii and beyond.  

Now in its 37th year, the celebration is held at various locations in the tourist area of Honolulu. That includes performances along Kalakaua Avenue, the main thoroughfare lined with hotels, shops and restaurants.

During the block party that takes over Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu, a vendor sells pairs of shorts made from rice bags.
During the block party that takes over Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu, a vendor sells pairs of shorts made from rice bags.
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Events, all of which are free, begin at noon June 10 and continue until well after dark on June 12.

Here are five not to miss: 

-- The block party – called hoolaulea in Hawaii – takes place 7 to 10 p.m. June 10. Kalakaua Avenue comes alive with entertainment, food vendors and artisans selling their crafts.

-- A street dance fest will be held along Waikiki Beach Walk from 6 to 8 p.m. June 10.

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Playing their steel drums, the Pan Village All-Stars entertain the crowd along Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue during the Pan-Pacific Festival.
Playing their steel drums, the Pan Village All-Stars entertain the crowd along Waikiki's Kalakaua Avenue during the Pan-Pacific Festival.
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-- The Pan-Pacific Hula Festival at Kuhio Beach, in which more than a dozen hula halau (schools) share their talents the evenings of June 11 and 12.

-- Throughout the weekend, various groups will perform at arts showcases at various locations, including the Ala Moana Center shopping district.

-- The loud and colorful Pan-Pacific Parade begins at 5 p.m. June 12, heading along Kalakaua Avenue from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park.

Info: Pan-Pacific Festival

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