Direct from New York and The Dominican Republic, two time Latin Billboard and Grammy nominee duo Voz a Voz combines Pop-Bachata with a tropical element of R&B Harmonies.
About the Festival / Celebrating Hispanic Heritage in Hawaii
The Hawaii Hispanic Heritage Festival is an annual event in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. It is brought to you by Hawaii Hispanic Heritage Festival and Events, Alma Latina Productions, The Hispanic Community and the City and County of Honolulu.
Hawaii's Hispanic Community celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 with the 26th Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival & Health Fair. This free event is open to the public and encourages families, students, business owner's and visitors to explore new rhythms, exotic tastes, mesmerizing dances and a variety of culturally inspired beers and cocktails.
At this family friendly event, there will a variety of live entertainment, food booths, crafts, cultural displays, art, specialty booths, Latin dance workshops, children's activities and information from different community and health agencies.
This years festival will be held at the Honolulu Hale on the grounds of the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center, October 14th & 15th, 2017.
2016 Entertainment and Performers / Local and International Artists
Headliner: Voz a Voz
From California: Mariachi Los Toreros
From the rhythmic sones of Jalisco, the powerful rancheras of Jose Alfredo Jimenez and Vicente Fernandez, to the romantic boleros of Javier Solis, Mariachi Los Toreros™ performs with great pride the music that has inspired and brought so much joy to people for decades.
Eddie Ortiz and The Son Caribe Band
The Son Caribe Band is Hawaii’s Band of Choice for Live Latin Music! They have performed along side and opened concerts for almost every major Latin music event since 2001.
AguaDulce Salsa Band is a high energy Latin music ensemble based in Honolulu, Hawaii playing exciting music based on traditional Latin American and Caribbean salsa, merengue and bachata rhythms infused with splashes of modern bass-driven reggae, hip-hop, jazz and funk.
Luis Linares (@flowluis) was born in Caracas, Venezuela and is a long term North Shore resident. Luis Linares finds motivation in spreading the message of “One Love, One Planet, One People, Peace and Unity” with every opportunity he gets. As a former Flowrider USA National Champion, he is Internationally recognized as one of the most extreme Big Wave Bodyboard Riders in the World to come out of Latin America. He is a Singer/Song Writer with his “One Love Campaign” and an Environmental activist with organizations like “Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii”.
Wally Rita Y Los Kauaianos
This popular Puerto Rican kachi kachi group from Kauai will get you up on your feet dancing.
Kekaiulu Hula Studio
Under the direction of Blaine Ikaika Dutro, Kekaiulu Hula Studio Hawaii was established in 2007. Their hula knowledge stems from Kumu Hula Michael Kekaimoku Yoshikawa. The halau is located in both Kalihi and Pearl City. The halau is built upon one big ‘ohana. We strive on working together and promoting our Hawaiian Culture. For more information regarding classes, private lessons and performances contact Blaine Ikaika Dutro at (808) 358-1007
Grupo Folklorico de Panama en Hawaii
Panamanians love to gather and dance, whether it is among friends and family or for local or national celebrations. The mission of Grupo Folklorico de Panama in Hawaii is to disseminate Panamanian folklore by means of its music and interpretive dances in the State of Hawaii. The will perform El Punto, La Batea Congo Dance and La Murga Group Dance.
Teresa del Carpio Pons
Teresa del Carpio Pons, co-founder of España Cuba Flow, is a Spaniard born in Bolivia who began dancing at the age of 3 at the Oruro Carnival and continued her dance training for 12 years at the A.Benibelli Ballet School in Spain where she learned Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Flamenco, Acting and Music. Tere Suki participated with bachata artists Voz a Voz in the music video of “Me estoy Muriendo”.
Honolulu Zouk fuses fun Brazilian Zouk with modern, hip hop, burlesque, and many other styles. Directed by Kimberly Loo, Honolulu Zouk runs the Oahu contingent of the International Zouk Flashmob, an annual event where tens of thousands of dancers from six continents all flashmob the same choreography on the same day, uniting the world peacefully through dance.
Emily Hodges and Stefan Kant of Linda Melodia Dance Company, bring salsa on2 to Hawaii straight from New York City. They believe in fusing different dance genres with an athletic and action packed style of performance salsa.
Fuego Y Agua
Fuego Y Agua Dancers is a latin dance group based in Hawaii lead by Yuki Komiyama. In 2013, Yuki moved to Hawaii from NYC, bringing years of dance experience from Eddie Torres’ On2 New York Style Mambo. Their dance performance routines have continuously brought newfound energy, inspiration, excitement to the Hawaii Latin Dance Scene. They hope to represent Hawaii well and share “The Aloha Spirit” through their exciting performances.
2016 Entertainment Schedule / Live Music and Dance Performances
10am – 11am
US Air Force Color Guard
Janelle Holtz: National Anthem, Hawaii Pono E, God Bless America, Praise & Worship Song
Invocation: Jorge (Georgie) Torres
Hawaiian Blessing: Kumu Michael Kekaimoku Yoshikawa & Kumu Ikaika Dutro
Hula Kahiko: Kekaiulu Hula Studio Hawaii, Kumu Ikaika Dutro
Welcome/Introductions: Nancy Ortiz, Festival Coordinator
Marcus Fikse – ProStart State Coordinator at Hawaii Restaurant Association
Festival Committee, Sponsors, other Dignitaries
Miss Latina Hawaii & Miss Paradise Hawaii: Tiffany Johnson & Decembers Smith
11:00am – 11:45am
Mariachi Los Toreros (California)
11:45am – 12:45pm
Kekaiulu Hula Studio California, Kumu Michael Kekaimoku Yoshikawa
Grupo Folkloric de Panama
Linda Melodia Dance Team
Boricuas de Hawaii Folkloric Dancers
12:45pm – 1:00pm
Luis Linares, Guitarist/Vocals (Venezuela)
1:00pm – 1:30pm
Fuego Y Agua Dancers
1:45pm – 2:30pm
Voz A Voz (Bachata)
2:45pm – 3:30pm
Agua Dulce Salsa Band
3:45pm – 5:15pm
Wally Rita Y Los Kauaianos
5:15pm – 5:45pm
Tere Suki – Solo Dancer & Bachata
Honolulu Zouk Dancers
5:45pm – 6:15pm
Mariachi Los Toreros
6:15pm – 6:45pm
Voz A Voz
6:45pm – 8:00pm
Eddie Ortiz & Son Caribe Band