Pan-Pacific Festival 2015
June 12 - 15
Honolulu, various venues
A full weekend celebrating Hawaii's cultural diversity and unity, the Pan-Pacific Festival kicks off at noon on Friday. A variety of events take place throughout the weekend including Hawaiian music and taiko drumming performances. There are four main venues. The first is Kalakaua Avenue where the opening block party or Ho'olaule'a will take place. Next is Kuhio Beach, aka Hula Mound. This beach is known as a locals' favorite, and is where you'll find the Duke Kahanamoku statute. Here is where the Pan-Pacific Hula Festival will take place, featuring graceful groups of hula dancers.
The Performing Arts Showcase will occur in two locations, on Waikiki Beach Walk and in the Ala Moana Center. Waikiki is Hawaii's most famous beach, and stretches for 8 beautiful acres flanked by high-rise hotels, shops and restaurants. Ala Moana is Honolulu's top rated shopping destination for everything from high-fashion trends to classic Hawaiian beachwear. The Performing Arts Showcase will feature a variety of cultural performers, including those from Japanese and Korean traditions, on two stages throughout the weekend, Waikiki Beach Walk Plaza Stage and Ala Moana Centerstage.
The pinnacle of the Pan-Pacific Festival will be the parade on Sunday, June 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. About 1,000 participants include high-school marching bands, cultural groups, dancers and floats will march, beginning at Fort DeRussy, run along Kakakaua Avenue and terminating at Kapi'olani Park. One of the coolest floats is the Japanese Noto Kiriko, consisting of giant Shinto lanterns to guard against the dark!