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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 6, 2019 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 8th 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.

Date: Saturday, July 6, 2019
Time: 5pm – 10pm 
Location: Varsity Office Building, 1100 University Avenue & Coyne Street from University Ave to Kaialui Street

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.

+ Blue Zones, Urgent Care, AT&T and More


Mōʻiliʻili Hongwanji Mission Bon Dance favorites
Ono Kettle Pop
Ono Yo
Sweet Revenge
Reecieb's Onolicious Local Food
Thoune Hongphao Farm
Aloha & Mabuhay
Kamoa's Food Truck
Olay's Thai Express
The Pig & the Lady
Island Brew
Filipino Fusion Hawaii
Boba Bros
Hula Shrimp Company
Waimanalo Country Farms
Bao Tao'n
Istanbul Restaurant
Snack Addicted
Otsuji Farms
Pops Plates
Kealoha Seafood
Ulu's Lemonade

It's About Time
Popoki Massage
Simply Sparkle Designs
Pena People
Hapa Girls
Beads & Things by Kori
Hawaiian Humane Society
Hawaii Authority for Rapid Transit
Church of the Crossroads
Cherry Blossom Festival
Urgent Care
Island Style Collections
AT&T Mobility
Thirty-one Gifts
DJs Jerky
Blue Zones

FREE PARKING Parking Instruction for the Zone 20 Parking Structure: All cars must enter through the Dole Street entrance. Please inform the gate attendants that you will be attending the Moiliili Summer Fest.  Drivers will receive a parking ticket to display on their cars upon entry.  Parking is complimentary.  Shuttles will be provided; however, it is also a short 10 minute walk to the festival.  The last shuttle from the festival will depart at 10:15pm.