The second largest percentage of the Asian population in Hawaii is Filipino.
It is thought that the first Filipinos to settle in Hawaii were contract sugar workers in 1906. Today the population of Filipinos in Hawaii is growing very quickly.
I’m sure with the growth of this ethnic group, the number of celebrations or festivals will grow.
For now, I only have information on this one event.
Honolulu Filipino Fiesta and Parade
This festival is held in May and begins in the morning with a parade through Waikiki (starting from Kapiolani Park). Then everyone enjoys an all day fiesta in the park, including entertainment and food. The third part of the celebration consists of Filipino women in Filipiniana gowns marching under flowered arches. Often they are representing historic and religious persons. In 2009 they called this the Santacruzan event. In 2010 it was referred to as The Flores de Mayo.
This celebration may be slightly different each year. Guess I’ll have to fly to Hawaii in May and check it out! Anyone up for the trip???
Enjoy, and mahalo for visiting!