Shirley Kobayashi is with the organizers of the event, the Honolulu Ekiden Foundation. The event is happening this Sunday and goes from Kapi'olani Park Bandstand and goes thru Kaimuki to Kahala on the way to Hawaii Kai and Sandy Beach then returns back to the Kapi'olani Park Bandstand.
Hawaii Entertainers Honoka & Azita will play while the runners return. They are also YouTube sensations whose videos attract about 4 million viewers a week!
The Honolulu Ekiden and Music Festival is the only of its kind in Hawaii, bringing Japan's Ekiden tradition of a marathon-length relay race to the islands. In ancient Japan, the Ekiden was a method to pass along important news from provinces to the capital with multiple messengers completing different segments of the journey. Today the event symbolizes teamwork and cooperation to achieve a common goal. Relay teams can consist of two to six participants.
Late registration is at the Honolulu Ekiden Expo at the Hawaii Convention Center this Saturday, ends on May 21st .
The event culminates in a musical celebration with Hiromi Go from Japan and Canadian Reggae stars MAGIC! at the Waikiki Shell.
More information at www.hnlekiden.org
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