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17th Annual Filipino Fiesta

The 17th Annual Filipino Fiesta took place yesterday, Saturday, May 9th, 2009 at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki from 10am to 5pm.

Following are photos I took (and one video clip) at the event. Note, I arrived late in the afternoon around 3:30pm, so probably missed many of the more traditional performances and presentations on stage. Anyhow, there was still plenty going on to take in and enjoy. Enjoy!

Hawaii U.S. Congressional Candidate Ed Case (with wife on the far right; pardon, as I rushed this photo)…

Time for some Filipino grindz!…

As mentioned earlier, I arrived late in the afternoon, probably missing the more traditional Filipino folk dances and performances. On stage while I was present were high school students doing hip hop dance routines. Here’s a few (you Filipinos love to dance!)…

Tinikling, Hip Hop style…

Video clip…


Even this late in the afternoon, there was still a good crowd there…

Plenty of fun for the keiki…

Looks like nobody fed Mr. Jaws…

It appeared to be a very successful event with plenty of folks and all the vendors busy meeting demand. I’ll blog some of the grindz I bought to take home and enjoy a little later.

Mabuhay and Salamat Po!


6 thoughts on “17th Annual Filipino Fiesta

  • May 10, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Awesome photos and foods is to die for. Which one is your favorite? I never had suman or what they called it. Got to find a store that sell it maybe Alicia in Kalihi.

  • May 11, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Awesome photo’s, we have the same here on Maui on May 30th,
    it’s called The Barrio Fiesta, its a 3 day celebration starting on friday May 29 and ending on sunday May 31st. Lots of food from different region and entertainment during the day day and night. So, when your here you will have lots of places to go to see new adventure’s.
    Mahalo from Maui,

  • May 11, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Pomai, I did not see Halo Halo drinks in photos. Were there any sold? That my favorite drink and miss going there. Did not see also fresh lumpias not the fry ones in photos. Just asking.

  • May 12, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Where is the Ilokano/ Ilokos region representation? Aren’t most of the Pilipinos in Hawaii Ilokano? And yeah what did you eat? That would be an interesting festival to attend and see how Hawaii does it. Here in San Francisco we celebrate in June and August too, but they’re pretty similar and I’m not quite sure why we celebrate twice. heh!

  • May 12, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Dina, IIRC, there was an Ilocos Norte tent, but I apparently missed taking photos there.

    I bought some Suman and Kakanin to take home. I had already eaten lunch before getting there, so didn’t order any entrees. I should have bought a plate to take home for dinner, but my walk back to the car was about a half mile away, so didn’t wanna’ carry too much stuff.

    Amy, there was an ice cream vendor who IIRC was also offering Halo Halo, as well as Magnolia Ice Cream.

    Howzit Maui Ohana, hey perfect timing! Looks like I’ll be able to make that event!

    Erica, Alicia’s suman is one of the best I’ve tasted yet.

  • May 16, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Wow Pomai, even though you arrived late, you managed to capture the feeling of the event. I had wanted to attend, but couldn’t make it. Thanks for sharing! Great job!


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