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Waikiki Magazine - - WELCOME - Pres­i­dent Waikiki Im­prove­ment As­so­ci­a­tion

Aloha, Waikiki and ro­mance go to­gether like mu­sic and flow­ers. Fe­bru­ary brings us Valen­tine’s Day and what bet­ter lo­cale to cel­e­brate than ro­man­tic Waikiki? With great places to stay, eat and shop, Waikiki has ev­ery­thing you need for a Valen­tine’s get­away.

March cul­tural events brighten Waikiki with pa­rades and events sur­round­ing the Honolulu Fes­ti­vals (Mar. 1-3), St. Pa­trick’s Day (Mar. 17) and the Prince Kuhio Com­mem­o­ra­tion Pa­rade (Mar. 23).

The Honolulu Fes­ti­val is a three-day ex­trav­a­ganza. Dance per­for­mances and tra­di­tional art demon­stra­tions are dis­played by ar­ti­sans from Ja­pan, Aus­tralia, Tahiti, Philip­pines, Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan), Korea, Hawai‘i and the rest of the United States. The Fes­ti­val cul­mi­nates with a spec­tac­u­lar pa­rade down Kalakaua Av­enue.

The Waikiki St. Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade, which in­cludes bands, floats and var­i­ous march­ing groups, will head down Kalakaua Av­enue, past Kuhio Beach, and fin­ish at Kapi‘olani Park for an af­ter­noon of Ir­ish food, mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment.

The Prince Kuhio Day Pa­rade, spon­sored by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Hawai­ian Civic Clubs, re­mem­bers the beloved Prince Jonah Kuhio Kala­ni­ana‘ole. Prince Kuhio, heir to the Hawai­ian throne, founded the first Hawai­ian Civic Club— and as Hawai‘i’s del­e­gate to the United States Congress, led the pas­sage of the Hawai­ian Homes Com­mis­sion Act of 1921. The peo­ple of the State of Hawai‘i ac­knowl­edge his many con­tri­bu­tions and have memo­ri­al­ized the Prince by nam­ing schools, build­ings, streets and beaches af­ter him, as well as des­ig­nat­ing a state hol­i­day that hon­ors Kuhio’s birth. The pa­rade makes its way down Kalakaua Av­enue to a ho‘olaule‘a at Kapi‘olani Park fea­tur­ing Hawai­ian and other crafts, great lo­cal food and, of course, the best in Hawai­ian mu­sic.

An ex­cit­ing new sports and recre­ational event, The Ha­palua – Hawaii’s Half Marathon marks its sec­ond year on Satur­day, Mar. 10. The event is open to all run­ners and walk­ers. It features The Chase, an ex­cit­ing race pit­ting the best run­ners from Hawai‘i against top world­class run­ners.

Waikiki, as al­ways, is Hawai‘i’s gath­er­ing place.

PHOTO: TWAIN NE­WHART

PAD­DLE A CA­NOE OFF WAIKIKI BEACH.

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