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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Festivals Showcase Hawai'i’s Cultural Diversity

A melting pot of ethnicities, Hawai‘i is truly a unique destination and one that makes any visitor feel at home. Locals and visitors alike come together at different times throughout the year to celebrate this diversity that one cannot find anywhere else. Here are several festivals in the coming months that you will not want to miss.

Na Hökü O Hawai‘i Music Festival, May 27 to 30: Hawaii’s talented artisans and musicians will share their knowledge of Hawaiian music, arts, and crafts through a variety of workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions and performances throughout Waikiki.. Workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions throughout the four-day event are sure to provide an engaging cultural experience for all.

Pan-Pacific Festival, June 11 to 13: Experience the cultural heritage of the people from Japan. Since 1980, this festival continues to offer an eclectic assortment of cultural arts, crafts, traditional folk music and performances. A complete weekend- long affair, the festival includes a ho‘olaulea, performing arts showcase, hula festival, arts and crafts fair, and parade.

Korean Festival, July 9-10: Engage your senses in all things Korean in this 9th annual celebration. Taekwondo demonstrations, cultural exhibits, Korean cuisine tastings and traditional music will surely delight both kama‘äina (local residents) and visitors alike.

Prince Lot Hula Festival, July 17: Visit historic Moanalua Gardens for the largest outdoor hula festival in Hawai‘i. Featuring both ancient and modern hula along with chant, this festival honors Prince Lot Kapuäiwa, who brought the return of the once-banned hula in the district of Moanalua. Local food and refreshments also available.

For more information about top events in Hawai’i, take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Hawai’i.

For more details on these cultural events visit the official Hawai'i web site.