Aloha from Hawaii: Honolulu Festival

One of the highlights of March was the Honolulu Festival which spanned the week-end of March 6-8, 2014.  There were 3 venues for exhibits and performances — the Convention Center, the beach stage at Waikiki and Ala Moana Shopping Center. The culmination of the event was a parade down the heart of town, followed by a fantastic fireworks show.

The Aloha shirt contest: we got to vote for our favorite Aloha shirt uniforms -- shirts for banks, bus companies, restaurants, etc.
The Aloha shirt contest: we got to vote for our favorite Aloha shirt uniforms — shirts for banks, bus companies, restaurants, etc.
There was a quilting demo of traditional Hawaiian quilting.  This shows how the design is created using natural shapes.
There was a quilting demo of traditional Hawaiian quilting. This shows how the design is created using natural shapes.
A performance of Taiko drummers from Japan. Their energy was amazing!
A performance of Taiko drummers from Japan. Their energy was amazing!
Dancers waiting their turn for the parade down Kalakaua Avenue
Dancers waiting their turn for the parade down Kalakaua Avenue
A Chiefess waits for her group
A Chiefess waits for her group
A hula group in the parade
A hula group in the parade
Another hula group
Another hula group
Japanese dancers in the parade
Japanese dancers in the parade
Close encounters with a dragon float
Close encounters with a dragon float
Fireworks finale
Fireworks finale

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