Israel Day Hawaii Festival

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The "Israel Day Hawaii Festival" is an annual family event which will be held on Sunday, May 20, from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm, and will take place on the festival grounds of Honolulu Hale, 650 S. King Street. Entry is FREE, as is street and garage parking in the underground Municipal lot. For more information, click HERE or call (808) 341-6629.

Founded by local businessman Robert Neuman, Israeli born son of Holocaust survivors, the Israel Day Hawaii festival is a yearly celebration of the Holy Land. Usually held on a Sunday in late May, it is meant to correspond with the auspicious date - May 14, 1948 - of the modern state of Israel's independence. Yes, like the 4th of July, "Yom Ha'atzmaut" (lit. "Day of Independence") is a day of family, fun, food, festivities, freedom, and of course, falafel.

Many kinds of Jewish, Israeli, and Middle Eastern fare will be there for the noshing, courtesy of Kosher and Kosher "style" vendors, Local vendors and more - even Leonard's red and white Malasada Truck and Mulvadi Coffee have promised to be on hand!

Entertainment will include 1990's Israeli pop star Eddie Grimberg, backed by his own Sunlight Orchestra. The Sunlight dance troupe will also perform traditional and modern Jewish dances from around the World. More to be announced…

Special guests will include prominent Jewish kama'aina like Linda Lingle, and Rabbi's Schaktman and Krasnjansky among others.

Keiki are sure to enjoy the bounce houses, arts, crafts, and activities designed just for them! Plenty of shade and seating for kupuna - and everyone else.

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