Your Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Festa Italiana in Honolulu

Oct 05, 2018 1105

BY: Jayna Omaye

If you’ve ever faced the dilemma of where to find good authentic Italian food in the Islands, you’re not alone. Insert Festa Italiana, and all of our pasta, pizza, wine and gelato dreams have come true. The second annual event brings a taste of Italy to Honolulu with a mix of authentic Italian food, drinks, performances and a showcase of European luxury cars. Here’s your guide to what to expect, what to eat (and drink), where to park and more.

Organized by the nonprofit Friends of Italy Society of Hawai‘i, Festa Italiana is in its second year, making it the newest ethnic festival in town. The event seeks to showcase Italian culture’s presence and significance in the Islands, despite Italy being more than 8,000 miles away. The first part of the event is the open-street festival, called Festa Italiana in Strada, featuring vendors selling food and drinks, along with several Italian and Italian-inspired performances and a live chalk artist reproducing the famous Italian painting, “Birth of Venus.”


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