The Rotaract Club at HPU was specially invited to participate
in a once in a lifetime opportunity—to wear Samurai armor
belonging to the Iimorigu Toryu Busha in Fukuoka City, Japan,
in the March 7 Honolulu Festivaldemonstration and grand parade.
Mary Anne Eisma, Melissa Miller, Rie Takamasu, Israel Santamaria,
and Katja Silverå, all HPU students, said they will always
remember the Honolulu Festival because the experience was colorful
and the opportunity to wear the samuarai costumes not generally
available to westerners was unique.
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This opportunity was made possible through Honolulu
Festival’s Patti Silva, with whom the Rotaract Club had
worked two years earlier when participating in the festival
carrying a mikoshi (a shrine).
It was an experience beyond words that touched my heart in an
indescribable way,” said Takamasu. “The hour it took
to get dressed, the heat, the sore body from carrying the heavy
armor, was all worth 10-fold to the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
we had to be a part of this history.”
The Honolulu Festival was established in 1994. It promotes
cultural understanding, ethnic harmony, and economic cooperation
the Asia-Pacific region and the people of Hawai‘i. In 1995,
when the first Honolulu Festival was held, it attracted more
than 87,500 visitors and residents. Last year, the attendance
increased to approximately 311,000.