East-West Fest: Celebrating Cultures

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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 Richard H. Cox.

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

Regrettably, the 2020 Fest scheduled for April 5 has been cancelled due to COVID-19. But we're already on the calendar for next year!

Save the Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021

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

Above, a Nepalese dance. At left, an Iranian student talks with a visitor. Below, a student from Guam teaches kids to weave with coconut fronds.

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

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.

a student from Iran talks to a Honolulu childInterested 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.

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.

Where: Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center (Jefferson Hall), 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu

When: 2 pm to 6 pm, Sunday, April 11, 2021

Details for 2021 will be announced throughout the coming year.

 

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.