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- We went on our last night to the Memorial Day Lantern Floating. There were thousands of people there and we were standing near the stage. Even though the speaker diidn’t speak English, you could feel the respectful tone in her speech. Seeing all those lit lanterns on the water was an emotional experience and so glad we went.Written 19 June 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The parade starts in the city and ends at Kapiolani Park. There are floats, bands, Hawaiian Island representatives on horseback in costume, community and marching groups. Try to find a spot where there will be shade (at the time of the parade) and bring a seat if you don't like standing because the parade is quite long.Written 1 July 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Christmas in Honolulu, WOW. I live in Indiana and at Christmas time it is always cold. See the trees and exhibits in sunny Hawaii was great. The trees were beautifully decorated and had some fun themes. This is a must see for anyone who is in Hawaii at Christmas time. The trees inside City Hall were all decorated with a theme. Great work on the trees and an excellent exhibition. Be sure to go down after dark to see the trees as they are lit up.Written 10 January 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- So its a 30,000 people marathon - out and back along major roads which most of it is fairly flat. good medal and easy expo in centre of town.
Negatives - the start is total chaos , no idea of how to organise pens and a staged timing start - was a total joke .
Lacked proper first aid help on the course , just cold ice spray.
fire works went off AFTER the start and beyond you !!!
Positives - showers at the finish line on the course . , great medal , big finishing area .
friendly event .Written 5 January 2020
- The monthlong Aloha Festivals celebration in September ends with a Floral Parade down Kalakaua Avenue - the main strip through Waikiki. I went to the parade for the first time this year, and got some terrific pictures of floats and paniolo and pa’u riders in Hawaiian riding regalia.
Because they close the street so early, we didn’t get parking at our preferred parking garage in Waikiki (International Market Place) but instead parked at Magic Island. It was a long, hot walk and you’ll want to have a bottle of cold water with you, but once you get to close to the hotels, you can grab drinks and snacks at an ABC store or Starbucks.
The smartest people had camp chairs and stakes out prime spots in the shade - kind of a haul to bring chairs though if you park far.Written 29 September 2018
- Being half Okinawan, I was of course jovial about attending this free, 2-day event with some of my immediate family members for the first time. While I can't say whether or not being outdoors or in was better, I will always prefer to be outside.
The festival started in 1982 and has grown ever since, relocating four times to accommodate the increasing numbers along with other factors.
1982 Ala Moana Beach Park
1985 Thomas Square Park
1990 Kapiolani Park
2018 Hawaii Convention Center
It's jam-packed with films, performances, dancing, crafts, food, fashion, grocery, plants and exhibits. There used to be an andagi cooking competition between Okinawan clubs which allowed patrons to eat fresh, hot andagi. But because the venue was indoors, they were cooked offsite and brought in. Bummer.
The majority of the event took place on the first level of the convention center in the gargantuan Kamehameha Exhibit Hall which spans just over 204,000 sf. An obon dance floor took centerstage with surrounding chairs, entertainment stage with more seats, food booths, beer stand, and several exhibit vendors were in this one room. I enjoyed my all-time favorite pig's feet soup, served piping hot with mustard cabbage, togan, daikon and konbu. So delish!
The third level of the convention center features a theater where a film about tofu was shown. Smaller meeting rooms housed vendors selling groceries, crafts and clothing. I picked up a very cool t-shirt and some Okinawan instant soba. The rooms were packed with people but flowed smoothly.
The majority of payments were done by scrip only, though a few places would also accept cash and cards. One scrip is equal to 50-cents, sold at booths throughout the event.
On top of $10 convention center parking, a pay-for shuttle ran between the center and McKinley High School. Luckily we were staying at the Ala Moana Hotel so we walked over.
Animals (sans for service ones), hard shell coolers, lawn chairs.
We went on Saturday morning for a few hours, just enough time to eat, purchase items and browse the vendors. Other hardcore family members stayed longer and went on Sunday too. Food like the pig's feet soup, andagi and andadog constantly ran out and lines were long. I luckily got my soup without issue but didn't get to try any andagi or andadog as they were sold out during my time there.
Most of my family concluded that being indoors was best as it was cool and clean. Also, pushing someone in a wheelchair was easier on concrete and carpet than off-roading on grass and dirt in Kapiolani Park.
I don't need to go again but glad I got to experience it.Written 10 September 2018
- I almost didn’t go but glad I did go. I had a great time. Food and music were great! It is crowded, but a lot of fun!Written 28 April 2021
- Wonderful afternoon with bands,dragon dancing and all things culture.evening fireworks after the parade were the best I have seen. The festival is only in March but is a must see if you are thereWritten 16 April 2017
- Great 2 days at the Ope. Transport was excellent to and from Waikiki Beach. Food was excellent and people very welcoming. The organisation skills and hospitality was above excellent.Written 6 April 2020
- This place is great. Lots of artists to pick from and lots of things to do. You can browse all the artists work and pick out a custom design.Written 15 January 2020
- Took wifey & my 16 & 17 teenage son & daughter. They basically showed very little interest in going to the game, but I managed to get 4 tickets on the halfway line 4 rows back for $195 each. Today my wife & daughter are still raving on about the spectacle, all the dancers, singers, bands, entertainers, & of course the tribute to the US armed forces. The one thing we will never forget is how patriotic the US people are to their armed forces - unbelievable! As for the football game a very exciting & high scoring one & we were right in the thick of the action, so close to the players on the bench. If you ever get a chance to see the Pro Bowl in the Aloha Stadium don't miss out, as it is worth every cent you pay for 5 plus hours of non stop entertainment.Written 5 December 2015