East-West Fest: Celebrating Cultures


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East West Fest slide show

East-West Fest is an annual celebration of the dozens of culturally diverse communities that make up the East-West Center ‘ohana and the Honolulu community.

The Fest is a student-led activity supported by the East-West Center Education Program and other Center staff, the Friends of the East-West Center, and a generous gift from the McHugh O’Donovan Foundation.

This family friendly community event is free and open to the public.

a student from Iran talks to a Honolulu child
An Iranian student talks with a visitor.

This event has been on pause throughout COVID-19. The 2022 event will not be open to the public at this time.

At the Fest, cultural booths and live performances spread across the vast sheltered lanais of the Center’s international conference center at Jefferson Hall.

Live performances by student and community groups often include taiko ensembles, Pacific dance traditions, Indonesian music, and Okinawan lion dances.

Nepalese dance.

Cultural booths are staffed by and present more than 20 different cultural groups from across Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The engaging hosts of each booth present cultural artifacts, traditional dress, music, and video.

Interested families will receive a “keiki passport” as they enter the festival, which young attendees can get stamped as they visit each cultural booth and take part in special activities. These young world travelers can take their passports home as a souvenir.

Food trucks are on hand to keep festivalgoers energized and satisfied.

A market selling cultural items and festival t-shirts, a caricaturist, and other family-friendly activities, round out the event.

a student from Guam teaches kids to weave with coconut fronds.
A student from Guam teaches kids to weave with coconut fronds.

View photos of the fun from the 2019 East-West Fest.

Join us for a fun and relaxed afternoon and learn about the diversity of Asia-Pacific-U.S. cultures at the East-West Center, in the Honolulu community, and in our world.

The large lanai at Jefferson Hall is full of visitors and booths
Jefferson Hall's wrap-around lānai makes for an all-weather setting for performances, cultural booths, and food truck dining. Parking is free.