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Celebrate Obon season in historic Mō’ili’ili with Honolulu’s largest bon dance and modern street festival 

(Honolulu, HI) – The Mō’ili’ili Summer Fest celebrates historic Mō’ili’ili and the Obon season on Saturday July 7, 2018 at 1110 University Ave., the former Varsity Theatre parking lot and Coyne Street, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The annual event is a modern street festival alongside Honolulu’s largest Bon Dance and highlights the cultural diversity, history, and businesses of Mō’ili’ili. Kamehameha Schools in partnership with the Mō’ili’ili Hongwanji Mission and other community organizations including the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i, The Mō’ili’ili Community Center, and the Old Town Mō’ili’ili Business Association have come together to deliver this lively event for their community.

In its 7th year, Mō’ili’ili Summer Fest has grown into a dining, shopping and family friendly event destination. In addition to the parking lot of the Varsity building, Food truck fill Coyne Street between University Avenue and Kaialiu Street. 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: Stop by the Kamehameha Schools booth and pick up some fresh produce, smoothies or fresh planter boxes from Kawailoa Farms in Punaluʻu Ahupuaʻa Farms. While you’re there, be sure to also stop by Otsuji Farm and tantalize your taste buds with their popular farm-fresh food items. The tent will also offer a polymer science craft activity for keiki hosted by Hālau ʻĪnana and Chaminade University, KS educational partners.

Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii: Learn about Tanabata which is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th month and write your wish on Tanzaku, a strip of paper, and hang it on a bamboo tree. Decorate an uchiwa, Japanese round fan, with auspicious symbols and catch a gold fish at our kingyo sukui game in celebration of summer!

Mōʻiliʻili Community Center: Historical photos of the community through the twentieth century--a community of Hawaiians, then Hawaiian-Chinese, then Japanese Americans, and today one of the most multi-ethnic communities in Hawaii and the United States. PLUS, guests can pre-order a re-print of the book, Moiliili--The Life of a Community, with hundreds of photos, maps, drawings and paintings 

Cherry Blossom Festival: Free Origami folding, souvenirs books, meet & greet the 65th Cherry Blossom Court and how to become a contestant.
Hawaiian Humane Society: A longtime Mōʻiliʻili institution, the Hawaiian Humane Society joins our event for the first time with great information about all their programs as well as new goodies from their Pet Supply Shop.

Church of the crossroads: They will be selling hand made soup bowls from the Hawaii Potter's Guild.

DELICIOUS FOOD: To be announced 

SHOPPING: To be announced