The Honolulu 2022 festival, scheduled for March 11-13, has been canceled for the third year in a row by event organizers due to lingering issues related to the pandemic.
The festival “was canceled as a health and safety precaution to help prevent an upsurge in Covid-19 infections among residents and visitors to Hawaii,” the Honolulu Festival Foundation said in a statement.
âOur board has decided that trying to move the Honolulu festival forward into next March would be unwise given the high number of delta variant Covid cases occurring around the world this winter, coupled with the increase sudden change in the omicron variant and the uncertainty of its effects. on people’s health, âsaid Hiroyukiâ Keith âKitagawa, president of the Honolulu Festival Foundation.
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There are no plans to reschedule the festival later in 2022.
“More [to Covid-19 concerns], organizing the Honolulu Festival takes many months of planning and logistics, and requires a tremendous amount of work from dozens of dedicated volunteers. Asking everyone to continue and then cancel the festival at a later date would be disrespectful to their service, âKitagawa said.
The festival, held annually from 1995 to 2019, draws visitors and music, dance and art groups from across the Pacific for a weekend of free cultural activities hosted at the Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center, International Market Place, Waikiki Beach promenade and other places. Special events such as the Grand Waikiki Parade and the Nagaoka Fireworks Show usually draw thousands of spectators.