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Monday, November 22, 2010

How Do YOU Celebrate? (Part 1)


The largest percentage of the Asian population in Hawaii is Japanese.

Later this year when we get closer to the dates, I will post about Girl’s Day (March 3) and Boy’s Day (May 5)

Other Japanese celebrations in the islands include:


Memorial Day Lantern Floating Ceremony
Held on Magic Island in Ala Moana Beach Park. This is a traditional Japanese lantern floating ceremony to honor ancestors and those who have passed away. Imagine all those lanterns lit with candles floating in the water.

Honolulu New Year’s Ohana Festival
A celebration organized by the Japanese Cultural Center. It lasts all day, and includes entertainment, crafts, books, Japanese food booths (and others too), cultural arts, and martial arts.

Joy of Sake
Samples and exhibits at the Hawaii Convention Center.


Hilo Festival of the Pacific
Celebrates Japanese influence on the islands. Includes a tea ceremony, arts and crafts, food and contests.

Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival.
Celebrates Japanese culture and includes a parade, bon dancing, Taiko drums, karaoke, art, crafts, and food.

These are just a few of the celebrations. The only ones I experienced when I lived there were Girl’s Day and Boy’s Day.

Have you ever attended one of these festivals, or perhaps one I didn't mention? I’d LOVE to attend all of these celebrations and festivals, wouldn’t you?

Enjoy, and mahalo for visiting!

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