“Aloha,” the greeting used in Hawaii, is believed to be more than a simple salutation. Hawaiians say it’s related to a way of life — one of honesty, truthfulness, patience, kindness and humbleness.
From Sept. 13 to 15, the Hawaiian Festival brings a little of that spirit to the island of Enoshima near Kamakura, where visitors can also relax in the sun and enjoy local scenery.
As part of the larger Enoshima Festival, known as Enofes, which runs through Nov. 9, the three-day Hawaiian Festival features a variety of performances, including hula dance, Hawaiian music and workshops introducing visitors to Hawaiian culture. Hawaiian food and goods will also be offered during the event.
The Enoshima Festival, meanwhile, makes the most of the last days of summer with activities such as beach yoga classes and sunset viewings at the Sunset Lounge, scheduled for late September. The organizers have also planned live music at the Island Music Party on Oct. 11 and 12, featuring artists from across Japan. Other attractions on offer during Enofes include boat races and a beach-side firework display of more than 3,000 colorful fireworks. Several local walking courses have also been charted and are open to the public through Nov. 9.
For the romantic, the island will be lit up by 6,000 candles after sunset for Shonan Candle, which runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 9, and includes live concerts on Nov. 8 and 9.
The Enoshima Festival takes place from Sept. 13 to Nov. 9 at various times and locations in Fujisawa, Kanagawa. Most of the activities are free. For more information, visit www.enofes.com.