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Hawaii’s cultural traditions connect us to the memories of generations past, allowing us to walk the in the footsteps of the ancestors. Though many Hawaiian cultural practices have given way to modern lifestyles, events have become invaluable venues to share and experience culture. Hearing a chant as it has been performed for centuries, learning from artisans immersed in their craft, or simply enjoying a music festival celebrating ukulele or slack-key guitar – instruments introduced to Hawaii by immigrants generations ago – can deepen your connection to the wealth of cultural assets that make these islands so special.
See the majesty of more than 20 premier halau, or schools, performing ancient and contemporary forms of hula at the Prince Lot Hula Festival (July), Hawaii’s largest non-competitive hula event. Learn about Hawaiian royalty through song, dance and storytelling at the King Kamehameha Celebration (June) and Eo E Emalani I Alakai Festival (October). And celebrate the local culture of coffee growing at the Annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.
These cultural events are much more than entertainment and exhibition. They serve as touchpoints and training grounds for future generations of cultural practitioners. Participating in and experiencing Hawaii’s cultural events helps us understand that the native culture of these islands is alive and thriving, and that the cultures of those who later migrated to these shores add their brilliance to the dynamic, cosmopolitan Hawaii of today.
The 2nd Annual Experience Volcano Festival is a celebration of arts and culture. More than just a gateway to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Volcano home to many activities and relaxing opportunities. Get a taste of everything that Volcano has to offer during this two day festival on July 25th [...]
- Contact Name: Jesse Tunison
- Contact Organization: Experience Volcano Hawaii
On Saturday, August 1, 2020, something wonderful is going to happen in our community. An opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors while bridging to a new era of learning by bringing people, families and the hope that is Aloha together in one special place. To honor our past and [...]
- Contact Name: Herb Lee, Jr.
- Contact Organization: Pacific American Foundation
Heiva I Kauai is a unique, colorful and exciting 2 day Tahitian dance and drumming competition and festival. The legends and traditions of Tahiti are presented through song and dance by participants from Hawaii, the U.S. Mainland and Japan. Competition and exhibition solo and group dancing [...]
- Contact Name: Sally Jo Manea
- Contact Organization: Heiva I Kauai 2020
Featuring art by 250+ Maui youth annually, this exhibition showcases the work of young artists participating in the Hui's summer art camps. The exhibition kicks off with a Family Day celebration that is free and open to the public. Sharing their talent and creativity, the Hui's young artists show [...]
- Contact Organization: Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center
Event will feature 15 of some of Hawaii's finest artists in the slack key guitar genre over a 6 hour period. Each artist performing his own signature slack key guitar stylings. In addition, there will be food and refreshments available for sale throughout the day including everyone's favorite [...]
- Contact Name: Milton Lau
- Contact Organization: Ki-hoalu Foundation
Alii Sundays are among the many long and honored traditions of Kawaiahao Church, which began about 1914. In the 1970's our people were embarking on a tidal wave of change. In the midst of circumstance and sensing the urgency to unite Hawaii's people and rekindle their strength and purpose in [...]
The night sky landscapes of New York-based photojournalist Stan Honda show the beauty of the sky in relation to the Earth as it moves through the universe with a multitude of celestial objects.
He has worked as an artist-in-residence at six national parks including Haleakala National Park [...]
- Contact Name: Elaine Roe
- Contact Organization: Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Pilgrimage of Compassion at the Lawai International Center on Sunday, August 9th from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm with the program starting at 2:30 pm. World-renowned shakuhachi (ancient Japanese flute) by Grand Master Riley Lee, drumming by Taiko Kauai, bonsai exhibit, ikebana demos, lei making, coconut [...]
- Contact Name: Lynn Muramoto
- Contact Organization: Lawai International Center
The Hawai‘i International Film Festival and Ward Village / Howard Hugs proudly co-present Cinema in the Park, our FREE monthly screening series at Victoria Ward Park. Since 2014, HIFF and Ward Village have been bringing top notch films, special guests, and fun activities to the Honolulu community [...]
- Contact Name: Gianni Minga
- Contact Organization: Hawai‘i International Film Festival
Festival will feature 15 of Hawaii's foremost artists/musicians in the slack key guitar genre performing in their unique individual styles over a period of 6 hours. Slack Key Guitar had its origins on Hawai'i Island in 1830 and celebrates its 190 anniversary. Also, throughout the day free giveaways [...]
- Contact Name: Milton Lau
- Contact Organization: Ki-ho'alu Foundation