The Honolulu Festival is an Annual Event
The 2nd to the last event in the festival is a parade through Waikiki. Since Friday, there's been several cultural events showcasing Japanese culture and their love for hula. The announcer at the review stand said that it's in the 21st year. I've only been aware of the parade since 2005 or 6, when I saw it with my wife & sister-in-law. Our kids were off island, all grown up and following their own life path. So we were there sans offspring.
Today was my 3rd time at the parade. I last went when I lived in Waikiki. It is essentially the same parade I first saw. It was supposed to feature cultures around the Pacific Rim. I saw Filipino aborigines called Igarot
. I thought of how my grandmother used to deride them to us kids until we hated them as much as she did, though we didn't know what they looked like, but I was sure it wasn't too far from monkeys, according to her. Imagine my surprise when I first saw them march in the parade. They looked normal and most were fairly attractive. Hmmmm. There were also Taiwanese aborigines who resembled the Igarot; I didn't know there were aborigines in Taiwan! We also had 2 wildmen prancing around a pickup, google informed me that they were displaying indigenous Australian symbols, and an Aborigine flag. I added them on as an afterthought because I didn't know that I took a video of them. Actually, why wouldn't I? Just because there were only 2 of them and they were dancing around a pickup truck?
As in previous parades, there were a small number of Alaskan native Americans, though they weren't in the costumes that I saw them wearing before. If anything only one guy, that looked Caucasian, was wearing something unusual, kind of like a deranged bird. An Australian high school band marched. The Hawaiian participation was the Royal Hawaiian band, a couple of private schools, the Hawaiian Okinawan Association, a homeschool for cheerleading preschoolers, a few policemen on bicycles, and 2 on motorcycles.
The biggest participants by a long shot were from Japan. They had high schoolers, teens in shorts jumping rope, women doing modern dance, women doing hula, and older women in traditional garb and heavy makeup. It was great to see.
The problem is that as it got later and later, it got colder and colder. I looked around and saw that I was the only one not prepared with a jacket. I had a t-shirt and ignored the chilly near-the-ocean temps until I simply couldn't. I didn't stay after it got dark, and left around 7:30
pm. The parade started at 4pm. I wore a new batman t-shirt I bought from Amazon dot com. I missed the up-close view of the fireworks show. I could see it from my house and it was great. It was paid for and staged by the city of Nagaoka, Japan using barges anchored offshore.
in 7 days, I'll be in Japan wearing my Batman t-shirt and trying to blend in. Haw!
Here is part 2 of 2 of my Honolulu Festival video for this year.