Aloha Festival Floral Parade © Hawaii Tourism Authority
The Aloha Festivals, celebrated on six islands in Hawaii - Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Big Island - taken together, comprise the only statewide cultural festival in the United States. Established in 1946 (then known as Aloha Week), the purpose of the Aloha Festivals is to celebrate the music, dance, history and traditions that make Hawaii unique.
Every year, up to 30,000 volunteers are involved in organising the various events; and over the festival's six-week running period, a million visitors, from all over the US and the rest of the world, are drawn to Hawaii to attend this fascinating cultural celebration. All events are free, and the highlight is the Floral Parade through Waikiki, Honolulu - a colourful equestrian procession of pau riders and extravagant floats, festooned with cascades of Hawaiian flowers, and accompanied by hula dancers and marching bands.
Venue: Various venues in Oahu, Kauai, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Big Island
Date: 5 - 26 September 2016