Busy weekend and road closures for Waikiki

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It’s a busy weekend for Waikiki.

The Pan Pacific Festival’s Ho’olaulea block party Friday night was the first of three events shutting down Kalakaua Avenue.

Foot power replaced horse power on Kalakaua Avenue.

And the sound of music replaced engine noise.

The Pan Pacific Ho’olaulea is a celebration of friendship, goodwill, and cultural exchange, with a whole lot of yummy food to go along with it.

“It shows the different flavors of Hawaii.”

Locals and tourists having a good time.

“We got lucky. We came here on a whim and got here so it’s really cool.”

The Pan Pacific Festival itself brings in more than 2,000 performers, groups, and supporters which are mostly from Japan.

And according to Hospitality Advisors room rates are up 10 percent from the same time last year, with hotel rooms across the state costing an average of $208.

And last week, almost 72 percent of the hotel rooms across the state were occupied.

Lots of other businesses are also cashing in.

“It’s been wonderful. It’s been a fabulous night for me so far,” said vendor Shannon Rae.

And it’s a busy weekend for Waikiki.

Kalakaua Avenue will also be closed on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the annual King Kamehameha Parade.

That’ll go from his statue in Downtown Honolulu, and will end at Kapiolani Park.

And then on Sunday, the Pan Pacific Festival will once again shut down Kalakaua Avenue with a parade from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

So Kuhio Avenue or Ala Wai Boulevard will probably be your best options if you have to drive through Waikiki this weekend.

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