Honolulu is the most populous city in Hawaii, featuring some of the Islands’ best entertainment, dining, and nightlife. One of the major draws for visitors and locals alike are the many annual events that take place each year in Honolulu and Waikiki. This spring, you can find a range of activities, festivals, and fairs to enjoy that highlight both Hawaiian and American culture and traditions just minutes from your apartment’s front door.
4th Annual Mele Mei Celebration
The first day of May signals the beginning of the month-long event called Mele Mei, which recognizes and celebrates Hawaii’s cultural traditions of music and dance. Concerts, dance performances, and more are held throughout the month of May, featuring both local and international performers and participants. Mele Mei 2014 kicks off on April 29th, after which events will run throughout the Hawaiian Islands until the end of May. The Pakele Live! Mele Mei Concert Series runs every Thursday at the Willows Restaurant in Honolulu. Admission to concerts includes a sit-down dinner in The Willows’ one-of-a-kind restaurant. Other Mele Mei events include the Hawaii Book & Music Festival on May 3rd and 4th, the Hilton Nā Hōkū Hanohano All-Stars Concert on May 10th at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Great Lawn in Waikiki, and the 6th Annual ‘Ukulele Picnic on May 25th at Honolulu’s Kaka’ako Waterfront Park. Many Mele Mei events have minimal admission or are open free to the public, allowing everyone to take part in the spirit of traditional Hawaiian music and dance.
50th State Fair
Hawaii’s 50th State Fair will be held at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May 23rd through July 6th. Many Hawaiian families consider the State Fair a fun and exciting annual event. You’ll find both thrilling and child-friendly rides and entertainment, including traditional fair games with an array of prizes. Fair-goers can enjoy a wide variety of savory and sweet treats at the food stalls while enjoying live music and entertainment. Other fair attractions include jousting and circus shows, a petting zoo, a temporary tattoo parlor, and the all-new for 2014 Grizzly Experience and Sea Lion Splash.
16th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii
On Memorial Day, you can take part in the 16th Annual Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony. This unique and positive ceremony celebrates the spirit of Memorial Day in an event that merges U.S., Japanese, and Hawaiian cultural traditions. In 1999, the First Inaugural Lantern Floating Hawaii ceremony took place on Memorial Day, during which lanterns are released onto the water as a symbol of both remembrance of the past and hopeful wishes for the future ahead. The ceremony itself is comprised of many stages, beginning with the sounding of the pū, a Hawaiian conch shell that purifies the location before taiko drums and Hawaiian chant prepare attendees for the ceremony ahead. Spiritual and musical events follow, until the ceremony culminates with the floating of the lanterns. You can take part in many ways: by watching at home, by attending the ceremony on the beach, by including your wishes in a collective remembrance lantern, or even by personally floating a lantern of your own.
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