​​What is the festival about?  Celebrating the Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Culture.  Everyone is welcome free of charge to a variety of cultural food and entertainment!

When is the festival?  September 14th and 15th, 2018; 10 AM - 6 PM both days.  Opening Ceremony on September 14th at 9:30 AM

Where is the festival going to be held?  Downtown Henderson Convention Center.  Address:  200 South Water Street, Henderson, NV 89015.

I'm an interested vendor.  What should I do?  Once applications are finalized we will post them on the Ho'olaule'a page to download.

Do I have to pay vendor fees online?  No.  We only accept fees via regular mail (check, money order is preferred and doesn't incur transaction fees), or scanned applications with credit card information (manual entry fee of 3.5% + $0.15 transaction fee), due to previous issues of non-payment, late payment, and partial payment.

What day and time will vendors be able to setup? Friday, September 13, 12:00 AM - 8:00 PM; Saturday, September 14, 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM.  All vendors must be set up by 8:00 AM, September 14th. This will facilitate Fire & Health Inspectors conducting their pre-event inspections.

What is the layout of the festival area?  We have outdoor venues only this year on the Henderson Convention Center plaza due to the pending demolition of the Henderson Events Center to make way for a new Las Vegas Golden Knights practice rink.  We will be proposing an expanded outdoor area of use to the City of Henderson in late March for food, information, crafts, Health, Non-Profit, and Na Mea Events.  We also will be proposing inclusion of a Polynesian Cultural Corridor.

Is there a Festival admission charge for the general public?  No.  It is entirely FREE!

Where are the public parking areas for the festival?  Normal (free) street parking is available and there are other locations around the Convention Center as well (some require a fee).

What kinds of entertainment will there be? 

We will have two stages of entertainment:  a mobile stage which is situated in front of our large dining tent and a smaller, cultural stage for the Polynesian Cultural Corridor.  We plan to have a car/motorcycle show location in development.  We will have a schedule of times during the day posted on marquee signs and this website for when each entertainer will be performing.

I heard there will be a Luau this year, is this true?  ​Stay tuned for more information; a luau is planned as a separate event earlier in the summer, N

I'm an entertainer and interesting in performing.  How can I get more information?  Send us an email at as soon as possible with the subject line "Want to be an entertainer" and ensure you place "Attention: Entertainment Coordinator - Jonathan Ho'omanawanui" in the body of the email or letter.

What kind of workshops will be available this year?  We are planning on introducing a Polynesian Cultural Corridor with cultural stage, individual tents with various demonstrations, and handmade items for sale representing areas of the Cooke Islands, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti, several Na Mea Hawai'i (cultural) events, various demonstrations of Hawaiian crafts, and presentations along with a Vintage Hawai'i Store.

Will there be a raffle drawing?  Do I have to be present to win?  There will be a raffle drawing occurring several times each day of the Ho'olaule'a.  You must be present to win and all prizes can be picked up at the Hospitality tent.

Will there be any alcohol sales?  We plan to but will update this FAQ as we get nearer to the event.

What kinds of food will be available?  A diverse culture of Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Filipino, and other Pacific Islander food amongst others.

What is the Keiki Area?  An area that the children can enjoy themselves with activities and cultural games for a small nominal fee.  There may also be some vendors who specialize in children's items.

Will there be a live animal petting zoo?  Yes; a great attraction that we have for the kids every year.  

Will there be a car show?  Yes, the show will include both cars and motorcycles.  A link to the Registration form is on the Ho'olaule'a tab.

Will an ATM be available? Yes, we will have 2 ATM machines available.

Will there be drones / unmanned aircraft?  There may be drone demonstrations this year.

Will there be contests?  Can I participate?  There will be various Keiki contest and games in the Keiki Zone.

Is there a hotel I can make reservations at for the event?  Yes, we will be coordinating a bock of rooms at the Fiesta Hotel & Casino in Henderson; once coordination is complete we will post the link ad booking code on the Ho'olaule'a page.

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