Hundreds turn out for dinner with Japan's royals

Feroza Jussawalla
Feroza Jussawalla
Kristen Tibourtine
Kristen Tibourtine
Emi Suzuki
Emi Suzuki

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko's motorcade, was in full motion on the second day of their Hawaii visit.

After a number of stops, they arrived Wednesday night at the Hilton Hawaiian Village, for the 50th anniversary of the Crown Prince Akihito scholarship dinner.

The royal couple began the tradition, when they were newlyweds, and have bestowed the honor to individuals every year since.

The event is the main reason for their majesties, Hawaii visit.

This was the hottest ticket in town tonight. On the guest list were past and current scholarship recipients, invited exclusively to see the royal couple.

Security was tight as Hawaii rolled out the red carpet for the Japanese royalty.

Guests had to submit their cell phones and cameras and they are dressed to impress.

"Taylor & Hyde," said Guest Emi Suzuki.

"I'm wearing my traditional indian gara," said Guest Feroza Jussawalla.

"I'm wearing my Dior dress," said Guest Kristen Tibourtine.

"It's made in Turkey," said Guest Habibur Tulu.

"It's all completely embroidered," said Jussawalla.

"For us it's pretty standard," said Guest Commodore Edson Lott.

"I'm in kimono, traditional japanese attire," said Guest Aya Kitamura.

For the long line of nearly 1,500 , the excitement was overwhelming. This royal visit means strict rules. "I have to be on my best behavior today," said Tulu.

Everything from eating, greetings and clothing.

"Closed toe shoes and i think i'm wearing something a little risque than i'm supposed to but i'm not meeting him, so it's ok," said Suzuki.

Their majesties finally make their royal entrance. Friends and family of past and current Crown Prince scholarship recipients say this is a night to remember.

"It's a great honor to be invited and to partake in an event of this magnitude," said Suzuki.

"Even if we were in japan, it'd be impossible to have this occasion," said Guest Masago Asai.

The night will last a matter of hours. and while most won't even get to utter even a word to the emperor or empress...guests say just being in their presence makes this one memorable and magical night.