Pacific Islanders know how to party as Honolulu's annual three day cultural extravaganza makes clear.
- When? 9th - 11th March 2018
- Where? Various locations, Honolulu
- Price: free admission
Forget thoughts of coconut bras and hula skirts, Honolulu's Festival is a far bigger, bolder and more diverse event than your average cliché. Known as the highlight of Hawaii's cultural calendar, this three day party showcases the very best of this island state and its Pacific cousins, with dances, parades, fairs, feasting and more.
Attracting thousands to the streets of Honolulu, various events are held around the city including performances by Japanese, Australian, Tahitian, Taiwanese, Korean and American dance troupes. The main theme is 'Pacific Hawaii' - a testament to the links between the Hawaiian islands and the surrounding countries. Expect a blend of old and new as hip street food fairs (selling regional favourites like sushi and mixed grills) sit alongside cultural stalls selling traditionally produced cloths, crafts and trinkets. The staged showcases are equally as varied with tribal warriors, cheerleaders and island drummers all featuring on the bill.
There are events running throughout the weekend but the grand finale - a huge colourful parade along Kalakaua Avenue - is the best of the lot, with floats, marching bands, jubilant Pacific islanders and a carnival atmosphere. And yes, maybe a hula skirt or two - after all, this is Hawaii.
- Get there: Fly into Honolulu International Airport then hire a car to get around the island.
- Stay: Find a hotel on Waikiki so you can enjoy the beach in between cultural events.
*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!