MAHALO! The 41st Pan-Pacific Festival was a huge success! Hope to see everyone in 2025!


About Us


The Pan-Pacific Festival is proud to announce its status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since the first “Matsuri in Hawaii” in 1980, the Pan-Pacific Festival has served as an opportunity to share and experience traditional Japanese culture. Over the years, the festival’s scope has expanded to include other cultures from Hawaii’s rich environment. With increased access to resources, our ability to foster a global community through education and experience is broadened with access to additional resources.



Ms. Susan Eichor President & Chief Operating Officer, aio Hawaii
Mr. Shigeo Hone Senior Vice President, First Hawaiian Bank
Ms. Ann Kobayashi Former Honolulu City Councilmember
Ms. Christine A. Kubota President, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert
Mr. Masayoshi Ogawa Chief Financial Officer, Kintetsu International Express (U.S.A.), Inc
Mr. Takashi Suzuki President, Kintetsu International Hawaii Company
Mr. Yusuke KomoriyaPresident
Mr. Francis ArakakiVice President
Mr. Masayoshi OgawaTreasurer
Ms. Shari McClellanSecretary
Ms. Christine A. Kubota Chair, Pan-Pacific Festival Advisory Committee
Ms. Wendy Abe Director of External Relations, U.S.-Japan Council
Mr. Kainoa Daines Chair, King Kamehameha Celebration Commission
Mr. Rick Egged President, Waikiki Improvement Association
Mr. Nate Gyotoku President & Executive Director, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii
Mr. Jon Itomura Executive Director, Hawaii United Okinawa Association
Ms. Reyna Kaneko President, Japan-America Society of Hawaii
Ms. Jenna Nakagawa Immediate Past-President, JCI Honolulu
Mr. Keith Sakuda President, United Japanese Society of Hawaii
Mr. Yoshio Sano Senior Vice President, Hawaii Aloha Life Enrichment Association
Mr. Steven Teruya CEO, Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce

Mission Statement


DSC_4510-634In 2008 the logo was redeveloped as the Pan-Pacific Festival prepared for its 30th anniversary. The new logo now symbolizes the Festival more accurately: as an international festival bringing various cultures and people together and creating a more global community through the sharing and celebration of cultures.

The Pan-Pacific Festival achieves its mission by:

  • Planning and staging an assortment of high profile events located in and around Waikīkī. Through viewing of or participation in such events, people can appreciate and begin to understand other cultures and hopefully create connections and friendships with other they may have not crossed paths with otherwise.
  • Recruiting “grass roots” cultural organizations, locally and abroad for Festival event participation and encouraging them to include an educational aspect for the public.
  • Promoting event attendance through marketing campaigns abroad, locally to residents, and Waikīkī to visitors.


The Pan-Pacific Festival is an annual international cultural celebration held in Hawaiʻi during the month of June. The Festival features an eclectic assortment of cultural arts, crafts, and stage performances in a variety of events. Hawaii’s broad international tourism appeal and its multi-ethnic resident population make it the perfect location to cultivate intercultural friendships, goodwill, and understanding.



In the late 1970’s the number of travelers from Japan to Hawaiʻi dramatically increased. A small group of people wanted to ensure that the increased interaction between these two cultures would be both enjoyable and educational.

Thus, the very first “Matsuri in Hawaii” was born in 1980. The word “MATSURI” is a Japanese word meaning “FESTIVAL”. Matsuri in Hawaii was envisioned as a means to enrich the lives of both participating artists and audiences, including Hawaiʻi residents and other travelers visiting Hawaiʻi, with a rewarding and participatory exposure to traditional Japanese culture.

“Matsuri in Hawaii” allowed visiting participants from Japan to share their music, crafts, traditions, and foods with others in the beautiful setting of world-famous Waikīkī, while Hawaiʻi residents and other Hawaiʻi visitors gained a deeper appreciation of Japanese sensibilities and cultural heritage. By highlighting traditional folk music and age-old arts and crafts and bringing internationally respected performers to Hawaiʻi, “Matsuri in Hawaii” has served Japan as a sort of cultural goodwill ambassador, introducing the people of Hawaiʻi and it’s many visitors to the richness of the Japanese culture. Today, the most popular events continue to be those that showcases the cultures of Japan, Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Rim.

In 1996 “Matsuri in Hawaii” became known as the Pan-Pacific-Festival as it broadened its capacity to include other cultures from Hawaii’s rich melting pot. However, the Festival is still called “Matsuri in Hawaii” in Japan and continues to have a strong following there.

In 2008 the logo was redeveloped as the Pan-Pacific-Festival prepared for its 30th anniversary. The new logo now symbolizes the Festival more accurately: as an international festival bringing various cultures and people together and creating a more global community through the sharing and celebration of cultures.