Honolulu’s largest bon dance and modern street festival to celebrate Obon season

Celebrate Obon season in historic Mo’ili’ili with Honolulu’s largest bon dance and modern street festival
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MOILIILI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Mo'ili'ili Summer Fest celebrates historic Mo'ili'ili and the Obon season on Saturday July 2, 2016 at 1100 University Ave., the former Varsity Theatre parking lot, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The annual event is a modern street festival alongside Honolulu's largest Bon Dance and aims to highlight the cultural diversity, history, and businesses of Mo'ili'ili. Kamehameha Schools in partnership with the Mo'ili'ili Hongwanji Mission and other community organizations including the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i, The Mo'ili'ili Community Center, and the Old Town Mo'ili'ili Business Association have come together to deliver this lively event for their community.

In its 5th year, Mo'ili'ili Summer Fest has grown into a dining, shopping and family friendly event destination. This year's event expands out onto Coyne Street between University Avenue and Kaialiu Street with additional food vendors and comfort areas. Over 25 popular food trucks and mobile food vendors from "Street Grindz" will be serving up delicious food alongside keiki games, cultural activities, DIY projects and lots of shopping from local retailers and pop up shops.

"Kamehameha Schools is proud to sponsor the Mo?ili?ili Summer Fest in collaboration with other educational and community organizations," said Stacy Clayton, Kamehameha Schools executive strategy consultant. "This well attended and highly anticipated annual event is fully funded by donations and sponsorships – and brings together communities to enjoy an evening filled with culture, history, food and entertainment. KS is excited to increase its' educational footprint with the Halau Pa: A Native Hawaiian Collaboratory, located in the heart of Mo?ili?ili aimed to engage learners in Native Hawaiian leadership development, social entrepreneurship and innovation."

Free parking and shuttle service will be available from University of Hawai?i at Manoa to the event site and back from 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to share photos of their food, dance and fun on social media using the hashtag #MoiliiliSummerFest by taking advantage of free wi-fi from HDT.

For more information please visit http://www.moiliilisummerfest.com

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