National Festival of the States in Hawaii

Perform in this yearlong concert series with your ensemble in Hawaii

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About the Concert Series

The National Festival of the States is an annual concert series developed by Music Celebrations in various cities throughout the United States. These performance tours are supported by local government offices, community organizations, tourist boards, and the like. Such affiliations offer a more memorable musical, cultural and educational experience for recommended ensembles (both instrumental and vocal) to perform in different venues in the most historic cities and celebrate the founding, history, and institutions of the United States! In 2021, the concert series is part of the 80th Anniversary commemoration of the Pearl Harbor attack that brought the United States into World War II.

Music Celebrations International will create for your performance ensemble an unforgettable tour that will introduce you to the music and culture of Hawai’i and its Polynesian roots. Amid the beauty of the Islands is incredible history, from King Kamehameha to the memorials of Pearl Harbor. Imagine your performance group performing at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Visitors Center or at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Perhaps you would enjoy a choral or instrumental workshop at the University of Hawai’i or maybe a visit to a local school for a cultural exchange and concert.

Whereas our usual Hawaiian performance tours are on the island of Oahu, we can easily create a customized tour that also includes one or more of the other nearby islands.

Everyone should experience Hawai’i – and your band, orchestra, choir or dance troupe can, through the expertise of Music Celebrations International!

National Festival of the States in Hawaii

Sample Itinerary

Day 1:

  • Arrive at Honolulu International Airport
  • Meet your Tour Manager, who will escort you through the duration of your activities
  • Transfer to your Waikiki hotel for check-in
  • Evening Welcome Pizza Party and overnight


Day 2:

  • Breakfast at the hotel or nearby restaurant
  • Travel out to Oahu’s most famous landmark, Diamond Head, and experience the exhilarating climb to the summit. An expert guide will direct you up to the 763 ft. summit for a spectacular panoramic view
  • Lunch, on own
  • Head back to the hotel for some time at leisure. You have the afternoon to enjoy a sailing adventure, surf lesson or to relax on the beach
  • Enjoy a beach BBQ dinner as you listen to Hawaiian Ukulele Music
  • Evening scavenger hunt through Waikiki that will provide knowledge of its history and culture. You’ll be separated into teams with chaperones (who must participate), given a treasure map, and a clue sheet
  • Return to your hotel for overnight


Day 3:

  • Breakfast at the hotel or nearby restaurant
  • Depart for Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Today you will learn one of our country’s most valuable history lessons – how men and women gave their lives on December 7, 1941 “The Day of Infamy”
  • Eat lunch under the shade of Monkey Pod Trees. During lunch, you will have an educational presentation by a WWII Historian
  • Performance at the Pacific Historic Parks Visitor Center as part of the National Festival of the States
  • After your performance gather for an uplifting flag folding ceremony
  • Enjoy a panoramic drive including The National Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), Washington Place which is the Governor’s Mansion, the State Capitol Building, Iolani Palace and the King Kamehameha Statue
  • Performance at Ala Moana Center Stage as part of the National Festival of the States
  • Evening Japanese style dinner. Watch as your Teppanyaki Chef prepares Japanese Steakhouse beef and chicken for you to enjoy
  • Return to the hotel for an evening on your own

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