Summer is quickly approaching, and all across the United States, people are gearing up to go to the end of spring/beginning of summer festivals! Luckily, in Hawaii, we don’t have to wait until May or June for nice enough weather to take place in the outdoor festivities. Just the same, we hold many exciting events that are sure to knock your socks off! (Really though, why were you wearing socks in the first place?! Throw on some slippahs and be done with it!)
Kick off the good times with one of the most beautiful spectacles Honolulu hosts throughout the year – the Lantern Floating Hawai’i Festival! If you’ve ever been to a festival in China or seen the popular animated Disney movie, Tangled, then you probably already know what we’re referring to. The Chinese sky lantern is essentially a small hot air ballon made out of paper. Historians say the sky lantern was first used in 3rd Century BC in China to signal between troops. Nowadays, it is customary to write a wish or a prayer on your lantern and release it into the sky in order for it to reach the heavens and your wish to come true. The annual Lantern Floating Hawai’i is held in remembrance of loved ones who have passed and is intended to bring the community together in love and celebration of our ancestors before us. In addition to the lantern floating, this one-day event – held on May 29th of 2017 – features a ceremonial conch shell blowing, Hawaiian drumming performances and more!
The popular Pan-Pacific Festival has been running in Honolulu for over 30 years! It brings locals together to celebrate the arts, performance and culinary customs of the Hawaiian, Japanese, Korean, Thai and Filipino cultures. This festival runs from June 9th through the 11th of 2017, and on the third and final day of the event, an exquisite parade is held as the grand finale to the festivities! With over 100 different performance groups and thousands of attendees, this is certainly a must-go-to event!
The annual Aloha International Piano Festival and Competition is being held June 17th through the 25th of 2017. This festival is a celebration of music intended to connect Hawaii’s local pianists with other pianists from around the globe. This nine-day event features workshops and classes taught by international professional musicians and concerts performed by some of the most talented pianists in the world! Whether you know how to play the piano or not, this is sure to be an exciting event for all to enjoy!
Other upcoming festivals include:
Lei Day Celebration – May 1-2, 2017
Body Mind Spirit Celebration – May 6-7, 2017
Hawai’i Book and Music Festival – May 6-7, 2017