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Juneteenth block party celebrates freedom, culture

The third annual Juneteenth Block Party was held Wednesday afternoon at the Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell. Organized by Do It For The Culture Hawaii, a nonprofit organization committed to reducing microaggressions and creating a more inclusive society, the event consisted of live music, performances and brought over 40 vendors and food trucks.

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People enjoy the sun during a celebration of Juneteenth on Wednesday.
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P.M. Azinga, left, candidate for House District 30, and Patricia Rushing, president of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition, read a proclamation from Gov. Josh Green.
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Mia Duval, of Casual Movements, fixes a head sarong on Bob DeShields.
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Felicia Rishty, left, coordinator of Sewa Fare West African drum and dance, and dancer Edward Joseph, front, lead participants in a dance on Wednesday.
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People participate in a dance lead by Sewa Fare West African drum and dance.
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Felicia Rishty, coordinator of Sewa Fare West African drum and dance, leads participants in a dance.
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Naraiya David, 4, keeps cool under an umbrella while waiting to enjoy Juneteenth festivities with her father, Andrew Bell.
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Drummers with Sewa Fare perform on Wednesday.
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Felicia Rishty, coordinator of Sewa Fare West African drum and dance, leads participants in a dance.
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Felicia Rishty, right, coordinator of Sewa Fare West African drum and dance, leads participants in a dance on Wednesday.
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Felicia Rishty, left, coordinator of Sewa Fare West African drum and dance, and dancer Edward Joseph, front, lead participants in a dance on Wednesday.
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A tai chi performance took place Wednesday.
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Mia Duval, of Casual Movements, fixes a head sarong on Bob DeShields.
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Dancer Edward Joseph, front, of Sewa Fare West African drum and dance, leads participants in a dance on Wednesday.
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Dancer Edward Joseph, front, of Sewa Fare West African drum and dance, leads participants in a dance on Wednesday.
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Dancer Edward Joseph, front, of Sewa Fare West African drum and dance, leads participants in a dance on Wednesday.
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P.M. Azinga, left, candidate for House District 30, and Patricia Rushing, president of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition, read a proclamation from Gov. Josh Green.

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