The 26th annual Honolulu Festival will not go as planned this weekend, as organizers have canceled it because of concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

The festival, held primarily in Waikiki and set to run this Friday through Sunday, had previously canceled its opening reception and fireworks show.

The Honolulu Festival showcases the “rich and vibrant blend” of Asia, Pacific and Hawaiian cultures to the rest of the world, according to its website.

The free event is celebrated through cultural performances, a parade and other activities.

Annual Honolulu Festival featured the Nagaoka Fireworks Show originating from Niigata Prefecture on the Japan Sea Coast of Japan. 8 march 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat
The Nagaoka Fireworks Show closed the Honolulu Festival in March 2015. Cory Lum/CIvil Beat/2015

The news comes just one day after organizers of the 13th Festival of the Pacific Arts & Culture announced it would be postponed due to coronavirus.

The cancelation also comes as the virus, also called COVID-19, continues to spread.

Locally, business, health and government officials are working to mitigate the impact of the disease.

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