Hispanics, comprised of the descendants from 22 different countries, are now the nation’s largest minority. We comprise 15.8% of the U.S. population. In Hawaii, Hispanics are the fastest-growing segment of our population. According to the latest Census figures, there are over 112,300 Hispanics in Hawaii. That makes us 8.7% of the population – and still growing!
Hispanic Heritage month, September 15th through October 15th, was enacted in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. This one-month observance recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States. September 15th was chosen as the starting point because many Latin American countries celebrate their independence day on or near that day.
During the upcoming national celebration, our Hawaii Hispanic communities statewide will celebrate through a variety of events. The largest is our Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival and Health Fair held at the Frank Fasi Civic Center Grounds.
What We Do:
Hawaii Hispanic Heritage Festival and Events aims to promote Hispanic culture and traditions, while understanding and appreciating our adopted home, and the society that welcomed us.
To promote and perpetuate the Hispanic culture through annual festivals and special events.
We do this by organizing The Hispanic Heritage Festival, between September 15 thru October 15, annually during National Hispanic Heritage month. Special events include: Cinco de Mayo block party in downtown chinatown, Miss Latina Hawaii and Latin New Year’s Eve celebrations.
We also coordinate with several Hispanic organizations and volunteers throughout the State of Hawaii.
We promote and support local and national singers, groups, dancers and a variety of entertainment at festivals or special events.
To promote and strengthen the Hispanic culture in Hawaii and educate people about Hispanic Heritage.