Family Festival launch March 25 features music legacies
The Honolulu Family Festival will mark its fifth anniversary when it runs March 25 to 28 at Magic Island. Besides the usual E.K. Fernandez rides, games and food booths, there will be entertainment.
And the opening night spectacle assembles some of this city’s best troupers, performing a free show from 5:45 p.m. March 25.
Halau Hula Ka No’eau opens the festivities at 5:45 p.m. A Legacy Concert, at 6 p.m., assembles the Royal Hawaiian Band conducted by Michael Nakasone, and features such stalwart troupers as Nina Keali’iwahama, Marlene Sai, Karen Keawehawai’, Misty Kelai, Gary Aiko, George Kuo and fabled hula dancers Beverly Noa, Tracie Lopez and Pi’ilani Smith.
At 8 p.m., there will be country line dancing with Cliff Angelias.
“The Honolulu Family Festival continues to bring back so many magical memories from our hanabata days while creating lasting impressions for today's youth,” said Mayor Mufi Hannemann. “This year's festival promises to be the greatest yet. I am thankful for the continued efforts of the Honolulu 100 and E.K. Fernandez for bringing us the best entertainment, ono local grinds, and nothing but pure family fun, all while supporting the upkeep of Ala Moana Park as one of our City's crown jewels.”
Admission is free for live shows and entertainment. Scrip for food and rides are available for purchase on site, with proceeds supporting renewal and repair work at Ala Moana Park, where Magic Island is located.
Festival hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. March 25, from 5 p.m. to midnight March 26, from 10 a.m. to midnight March 27 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 28.
Because of expected traffic congestion due to limited parking, shuttle service to and from Magic Island will be available at the Alapai Street Bus Station from 3 to 11 p.m. March 27 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and from 3 to 10 p.m. March 28.
Other entertainment on tap:
• March 26 — Na Hoahanau — The Cousins, at 8 p.m.; Rebel Soujahz, at 9 p.m.;
• March 27 — A Touch of Gold, at 8 p.m.; Kapena, at 9 p.m.
• March 28 — U.S. Air Force Band, at 2 p.m.; Taiko Center of the Pacific, at 4 p.m.; Kolohe Kai, at 7 p.m.
For the keiki audience, the Backyard Circus & Puppet Parade returns during the weekend, along with hypnotist Dr. Scott Lewis, at various performance times.
Best buy: a wristband purchase good for rides from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday, and from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Information: 924-1907 or go to www.HonoluluFamilyFestival.com.
The event is a presentation by Mayor Hannemann, the City & County of Honolulu, Honolulu 100 and E.K. Fernandez Shows.