HONOLULU, Oahu (HawaiiNewsNow) - This weekend is the annual Hispanic Heritage Festival & Health Fair in the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. There will be lots of live entertainment, food booths, crafts, cultural displays, specialty booths, children's activities and information from different community and health agencies. Proceeds from the event will go to student scholarships that are given out by Hispanic organizations.
The theme for this year's festival is "Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: the renewed hope of America", or said another way, Herencia, Diversidad, Integridad y Honor: La renovada Esperanza de América.
Hispanics are comprised of the descendants from 22 different countries. They are the nation's largest minority with a population of 15.8 percent of the U.S. population. In Hawaii, there are 112,300 Hispanics according to the Census. That makes Hispanics 8.7 percent of the population of Hawaii.
Hispanic Heritage Month -- September 15 to October 15-was enacted in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. This one-month observance recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States. September 15 was chosen as the starting point because many Latin American Countries celebrate their independence day on or near that day.
The Entertainment lineup includes:
Directly from San Lorenzo, CA: Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro
Directly from Texas ~ Mariachi Christian Singer~ Berthita Hernandez
Special Attraction: Zumba Fitness with Diana Walton & Madeline Aponte
Hispanic Heritage Festival and Health Fair
Saturday, October 9
Kapiolani Park Bandstand
10:00am - 6:00pm
Click HERE for a link to The Hispanic Center of Hawaii's website. They're a non-profit agency that provides Hispanics and anyone that needs their services with a variety of information, resources and referrals.