BY Lailane Ignao, ABS-CBN News
HONOLULU — The 25th annual Honolulu festival, a two-day weekend event, attracted people from all over to come and experience the various cultures represented in Hawaii’s demographic background.
25 years ago, the Honolulu festival was created to stimulate both Hawaii and Japan’s economies by bringing Japanese guest performers so locals and visitors alike would be able to experience the Japanese culture.
Today, the festival has expanded to feature other cultures around the world with an emphasis on the Pacific Rim region.
This year’s theme, Looking Back to Create the Future: 25 years of Aloha, brought performers from Brazil, Poland, Taiwan, Canada, Australia and Japan in celebration of the cultural and ethnic ties of people from Hawaii and nations worldwide.
Along with the international performances, various organizations within the Filipino community were represented on stage, in the Waikiki parade Sunday afternoon, along with an appearance from Miss Oahu Filipina 2018.
To conclude this year’s event, the Honolulu festival foundation hosted a 25-minute Nagaoka fireworks show in Waikiki after its Waikiki Grand Parade. The festival occurs every March.