The Aloha Festivals showcase Hawai'i culture, music, dance, and history. The intent is to preserve the unique island traditions and spread Aloha.
I was fortunate to be on O'ahu for this year's Waikiki Hoolaulea, Hawaii's largest block party. It's been years since I've participated/attended one of the many Aloha Festivals, I competed in the Sam Choy Poke Festival on the Big Island back in 2003. But this year, no stress from competing and just to enjoy.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Celebrating its 60th year and the 2012 theme of Ho'onui Ike
On Kalakaua Avenue
between Lewers & Kapahulu Avenues
The largest block parties I've ever attended
Multiple stages of entertainment, vendors,
Hawaiian crafts, and lots of food.
Speaking of Food...
From the North Shore, Giovanni's Shrimp is here!
Can smell the butter and garlic from down the street
The line's already forming...
How can you not love this?
Yup, there's the line...
Lots of craft vendors of all kinds...
Oh, I smell more garlic shrimp!
This vendor has a long line too...
Yum, more garlic shrimp!
What a variety of food...
Food so good, even Duke is impressed...
known for spreading the sport of surfing worldwide
(among other achievements)
Not only food, but food products too...
Chili Pepper Water
A local favorite...
Do you remember when rice bags were
made from fabric?
Almost Sunset Time!
Now back to the food...
Food products from the North Shore seemed
to be a big hit at the festival.
OK, Now I'm happy...Manapua!
Manapua is a local favorite, like a char siu bao
you'd find at a dim sum restaurant
Manapua, pork hash, and shrimp?
Now we're talking...
Too busy with the manapua
and missed the sunset.
But here's a nice shot of Diamond Head
One of the longest lines of the night was at
Olay's Thai Food
Large variety of Thai food,
the line went around the booth
The Aloha Festival isn't just all about
food and local crafts
but music too.
Right in front of the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center
One of the stages
at Lewers Street
After sunset, more people came out
and Waikiki was the place to be.
Lots of great food, music, crafts, culture,
It's really about the people and the spirit...
I was glad I was here to attend,
I ran into some friends, had some good food,
and enjoyed the entertainment.
If you're on Oahu next September,
be sure to check it out...
NOTE: I was a guest in Honolulu of the Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau,
O'ahu Visitors Bureau, and their partners on this trip.
I thank them for the invitation and hospitality.
All comments and opinions are strictly my own.
Photos by Jay Terauchi