Get ready for special performances, new headliners, plenty of ʻono grindz and, of course, family fun because it’s time to celebrate the BIG 4-0! The 40th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival takes place June 7-9 in beautiful Waikīkī. The event is expected to draw 100,000 attendees, not just from Hawaiʻi, but from around the world.
To mark this major milestone, the event will include a 40th Annual Pan-Pacific Festival Special Performance by Hālau Nā Mamo O Puʻuanahulu led by world-renowned nā kumu hula Sonny Ching and Lopaka Igarta-DeVera. The performance will take place Sunday at The Royal Grove at Royal Hawaiian Center from 12 – 1 p.m. The halaū took second place overall at the recent 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival this past April. They also earned second place in the Wahine Overall, Wahine Kahiko and Kāne ʻAuana categories, and third place in Kāne Kahiko category.
The Pan-Pacific Festival is a weekend-long celebration that was first held in 1980 and called “Matsuri in Hawaiʻi.” In 1996, it became known as the Pan-Pacific Festival. Since it began, the event has been about bringing people of the Pacific Rim together by showcasing their culture, music, food, crafts and dance.
The festival kicks off Friday with a Hoʻolauleʻa that features a little something for everyone! The fourth annual Street Dance Festival in Hawaiʻi will feature a brand new headliner, kazuki and NOPPO from ST kingz, an award-winning dance group from Japan. The pioneering performance team was crowned champions at the Body Rock Dance Competition in 2010 and 2011, considered the “Superbowl of the Dance Community.” In 2018, ST kingz also appeared in season 2 of World of Dance. They will perform and provide commentary on other performances from 6:30 – 10 p.m. at the Waikīkī Beach Walk Plaza Stage.Food vendors and Island crafters also will line Kalākaua Avenue, from Seaside Avenue to Uluniu Avenue.
This year also marks the fourth annual Punahele Party at the Waikīkī Beach Walk Plaza Stage.
Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning musician Weldon Kekauoha will perform live as hula hālau from Japan perform to their favorite songs by some of Hawaiʻi’s most treasured musicians.
For more hula, check out the 19th Annual Hula Festival! You can relax, listen to the rolling surf and watch the sunset as hālau from Japan share the stage with local hālau each night at the Kūhiō Beach Hula Mound.
Each day, the Pan-Pacific Festival will feature a Performing Arts Showcase that spans three stages at the Ala Moana Center, the International Market Place and the Waikīkī Beach Walk Plaza Stage. The list of performers will be announced in late May.
The festival wraps up Sunday, June 9 with the Pan-Pacific Parade down Kalākaua Avenue. The parade will feature hundreds of participants from across the country and around the world.
For more information about the Pan-Pacific Festival, visit www.pan-pacific-festival.com. All events are free and open to the public. You also can stay updated by following Pan-Pacific Festival on Facebook, Twitter (@PanPacificFest), and Instagram (@PanPacificFestival). Share your exciting memories with us using our hashtag #PanPacFest2019. A schedule of events is noted below (*times are subject to change).
Pan-Pacific Festival acknowledges the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority for its sponsorship and support of the festival. As one of Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority’s major festivals, the Pan-Pacific Festival exemplifies the uniqueness of the Hawaiʻi brand and showcases the melting pot of diverse cultures and customs throughout its events for both visitors and locals alike.