By Jason S. Yadao
It's Honolulu Festival time this weekend, which means it's time for all of the usual accoutrements that come with the annual celebration of Asian and Pacific Rim culture, including:
- Entertainment on stages at the Hawai'i Convention Center, Ala Moana Center and Waikiki Beach Walk (here's a schedule!)
- A display of mikoshi, decorative floats unique to various prefectures of Japan that are hoisted by celebrants during festivals and parades
- A craft fair, children's games in the Ennichi Corner, and the Anime Corner with Kawaii Kon, MangaBento and representatives from the Doraemon exhibit at the convention center
- The Grand Parade down Kalakaua Avenue Sunday afternoon
- A spectacular fireworks display Sunday night
- Your friendly neighborhood anime/manga blogger talkin' anime during a Saturday afternoon panel WAIT WHAT
Indeed, for this 20th anniversary edition of the festival, I'm going to be part of a panel hosted by Kawaii Kon at the convention center: "Made in Japan, Loved in Hawaii," a talk-story session exploring the history of local fandom from the days of Astro Boy in the '60s to the present day and beyond. Joining me as hosts for this journey:
- Roy Bann, Kawaii Kon senior administrator
- Jon Murakami, freelance illustrator and Gordon Rider/Ara-Rangers/Star-Advertiser "Calabash" artist
- Audra Furuichi, nemu*nemu/Star-Advertiser "Blue Hawaii" artist
- Brady Evans, Pen & Ink Works founder and curator of the recent "Crossing Cultures: The Art of Manga in Hawaii" exhibit
We'll be talking about various anime, manga and tokusatsu series that have shaped our work and our lives. I've been told that we have two hours to fill, so we hope to make it worth your while. You have options for where you could be spending your Saturday afternoon, after all; why not spend it with us, in air-conditioned comfort, learning about stuff in slides with content like this?
We'll be in Room 301AB starting at 1 p.m. Saturday. Keep in mind that most of the festival activities are taking place on the ground level of the convention center, so you're going to want to make your way up some set of escalators, whether from that level or the second-floor parking garage. Just branch left once you get off those escalators; the room's just beyond the restrooms. Here, have a map.
Hope to see you there. And if you're on Facebook, let us know you're coming on the panel event page; it's not mandatory that you do so, but I'd just like to know how much I should freak out over how many people show up. It's my first formal panel-speaking gig, after all (that Oni-Con Ingress panel doesn't count).
This week in The Wind Rises
The Oscars have come and gone, Frozen holds the statue for Best Animated Feature 2014, and Hayao Miyazaki's latest, last film finished out of the top 10 at the box office last week. Seems like a recipe for a gradual bow-out from theaters; I'm already seeing a drop-off in screenings at Consolidated's Pearlridge, Kapolei and Kaahumanu locations and Regal's Windward Stadium theaters. On the bright side, owing to its head start of a week over the other theaters, Consolidated Ward will accept GMT passes for screenings starting Friday.
Consolidated Ward: Sub 1:40, 7:30 and 10:25 p.m. daily; dub 10:45 a.m. and 4:35 p.m. daily
Consolidated Mililani (dub only): Friday-Sunday 11:10 a.m. and 1:55, 4:45. 7:40 and 10:25 p.m.; Monday-Thursday 12:45, 3:40, 7 and 9:50 p.m.
Consolidated Pearlridge: Daily sub 3:15 and 9:15 p.m., dub 6:15 p.m.
Consolidated Kapolei (dub only): Friday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.; daily 1:10, 3:50 and 6:30 p.m.
Consolidated Kahala: Friday-Saturday sub 4:10 and 9:50 p.m., dub 10:30 a.m. and 1:20 and 7 p.m.; Sunday sub 4:10 p.m., dub 1:20 and 7 p.m.; Monday-Thursday sub 7 p.m., dub 1 and 3:55 p.m.
Consolidated Kaahumanu (Maui): Sub daily 12:45 and 3:30 p.m.; dub Friday-Saturday 10 a.m, daily 6:15 p.m.
Regal Windward Stadium: 6:20 and 9:20 p.m. daily through Wednesday
Regal Dole Cannery: Friday-Sunday 11 a.m. and 1:50, 4:40, 7:35 and 10:35 p.m.; Monday-Wednesday 12:35, 3:55, 7:35 and 10:30 p.m.