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Special Ka Wai Ola Insert – Schedule of Events
June 6 – 16, 2024: Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

The Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC) is the world’s largest celebration of Indigenous Pacific Peoples. It is a vibrant and culturally enriching event celebrating the unique traditions, artistry, and diversity of Oceania. FestPAC serves as a platform for Pacific Island nations to showcase their rich heritage and artistic talents.

The roots of FestPAC trace back to the 1970s when leaders of Pacific Island nations discussed the need to preserve and promote their unique cultural identities. Their vision was to create a space where Pacific Islanders could convene to share their traditional arts, crafts, music, dance, and oral traditions with the world. This initiative was driven by the desire to strengthen bonds among Pacific Island communities and foster a greater understanding of and appreciation for their respective cultures. All events are

FestPAC Hawaiʻi programs are FREE and open to the public.

This insert is current as of May 24, 2024. For updated schedule information visit: www.festpachawaii.org


Nā Hanana Kūhelu – Ceremonies and Protocol

Wehena: Opening Ceremony
Thursday, June 6, 2024
4:00 – 9:00 p.m., UH Mānoa Stan Sherriff Center
Performances, speeches, and a Parade of Nations

Sister City Signing
Friday, June 7, 2024
8:30 – 10:00 a.m., Hawaiʻi Convention Center

Ekalesia: Ecumenical Service
Sunday, June 9, 2024
1:00 – 3:00 p.m., UH Mānoa Stan Sherriff Center
A two-hour non-denominational service.

Panina: Closing Ceremony
Sunday, June 16, 2024
3:00 – 7:00 p.m., UH Mānoa Stan Sherriff Center


Festival Village

Festival Village
June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024,
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.,
Hawaiʻi Convention Center Exhibition Hall
1801 Kalākaua Avenue, Honolulu


Hana Noʻeau – Heritage Arts

June 7, 8, 10-15, 2024
Hawaiʻi Convention Center Exhibition Hall

Practitioners from diverse Pacific nations will showcase their heritage art in designated festival village hales. Delegations will collaborate within their groups, offering a unique space for cultural immersion and exchange. Additionally, three shared spaces within the festival village will foster impromptu cultural exchanges and demonstrations, with both scheduled programming and opportunities for spontaneous public-accessible exchanges.

Nā Mea Kaua, Nā Makau, Nā Hana Wehi Weaponry, Fishhooks, Adornments
June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
Program Lead ʻUmi Kai | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.,
Hawaiʻi Convention Center Exhibition Hall

Kālai – Carving Projects
June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
Program Lead Andre Perez | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu | www.bishopmuseum.org

Kākau Uhi – Tattoo
June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
Program Lead Kalehua Krug | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu | www.bishopmuseum.org

Kapa – Traditional Cloth
June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
Program Lead Dalani Tanahy | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Hawaiʻi Convention Center Exhibition Hall

Literary Art Space
June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
Program Lead Dave DeLuca | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Room 311

Ulana – Weaving
June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
Program Lead Ipolani Vaughn | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Festival Village – Hawaiʻi Convention Center Exhibition Hall

Waʻa – Traditional Voyaging
June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
Program Lead Bonnie Kahapeʻa-Tanner |
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Waʻa Village at Kualoa Regional Park, 49-479 Kamehameha Hwy, Kualoa

Special Events

Fashion Showcase
June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
Program Lead Manaola Yap | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.,
Hawaiʻi Convention Center Exhibition Hall

Pāʻū Fashion Showcase
Saturday, June 8, 2024
7:00 – 10:00 p.m., Honolulu Night Market at Our Kakaʻako, 660 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu
www.ourkakaako.com/hnm

Waʻa Festival
Saturday, June 8, 2024
Program Lead Bonnie Kahapeʻa-Tanner |
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Kualoa Regional Park


Nā Hana Pākuʻi — Symposia

June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

In addition to arts events, FestPac includes supplementary programs like symposia/conferences, workshops, masterclasses, educational forums, and panel discussions offering in-depth exploration of traditional crafts, artistic techniques, and cultural issues, promoting skill development, knowledge exchange, and meaningful conversations among thought leaders, artists, and community members.

Expo
June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Hawaiʻi Convention Center

Protecting Oceania: Pacific Philosophers Conference
June 10-13, 2024
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Hawaiʻi Convention Center

ʻAha Niu: International Coconut Summit
June 12-13, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Hawaiʻi Convention Center


Pacific Conversations and Cultural Exchange

June 11-13, 2024
Hawaiʻi Convention Center,
Morning: Kalākaua Ballroom B, Level 4

Afternoon: Conference Rooms 305-307 & Liliʻu Theater Room 310 – Level 34

Ea Moananuiākea: Pacific Sovereignty
June 11, 8:00 a.m. – Noon
Ancestral knowledge, indigenous rights, political activism, self-determination.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, “Indigenous Empowerment.”

Moʻolelo Moananuiākea: Pacific Story
June 12, 8:00 a.m. – 2:45pm
Vibrant Pacific stories through song, dance, and games of strength, strategy, and skill.

Ola Moananuiākea: Pacific Life
June 13, 8:00 a.m. – Noon
Climate change, sea level rise, ocean restoration, impact on ancestral culture, language, and identity.

Keynote speaker: Hawaiian Pwo Navigator Nainoa Thompson, “10 Million Navigators.”


Hīmeni – Choral Performance

June 9, 10 & 12, 2024
Kawaiahaʻo Church

Program Lead Nola Nāhulu | FestPAC choral performances will showcase and highlight the cultural diversity of the Pacific. This segment of programming will bring together both traditional and contemporary choral music, incorporating Indigenous languages and highlighting artistic heritage.

Ecumenical Service
Sunday, June 9, 2024
1:00 – 2:30 p.m., UH Mānoa
All delegation choral groups are invited to share music and song.

Choral Concert
Monday, June 10, 2024
6:00-8:00 p.m. Kawaiahaʻo Church
957 Punchbowl St, Honolulu

Choral Concert
Wednesday, June 12, 2024
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Kawaiahaʻo Church
957 Punchbowl St, Honolulu


Hōʻike Kiʻi – Visual Arts

June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
Hawaiʻi Convention Center & Capitol Modern: The Hawaiʻi State Art Museum

Curators: Frances Koya Vakaʻuta, PhD, C. Makanani Salā, PhD and Alyssa Mei Ungacta Chau. A vibrant fusion of drawing, painting, prints, sculptures, photography, and multimedia presentations, this visual arts program highlights the evolving nature of Pacific art. With a focus on the intersection of tradition and innovation, this program provides an immersive and cross-cultural experiences across art expressions.

FestPAC 50th Anniversary Exhibition
PILINA – Our Relationships Are our Heritage and Wealth

June 7 – December 31, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday
Capitol Modern: The Hawaiʻi State Art Museum

FestPAC 50th Anniversary Exhibit Opening Event
June 7, 2024, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Capitol Modern: The Hawaiʻi State Art Museum

Regenerating Oceania Exhibit
Hoʻoulu Lāhui: Regenerating Oceania Exhibit

June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hawaiʻi Convention Center


Film and New Media

June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
Hawaiʻi Convention Center

Program Lead Cheryl Hirasa | The Artistic/Heritage Arts Program – Film and New Media celebrates the diverse and rich cinematic and digital media creations by Indigenous Pacific people or content that revolves around the Pacific culture. Curated film screenings, filmmaker Q&A sessions, and panel discussions integrate cultural insights and context to enhance understanding and appreciation of the films showcased.

Film Screenings and Panel Discussions
June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024,
1:00 – 5:00 p.m., 3rd Floor Theaters

Haʻiʻōlelo – Oratorical Arts

Thursday, June 13, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hawaiʻi Convention Center
ʻEmalani Theater, Liliʻu Theater and the Festival Village sharing spaces

A vibrant celebration of the rich and diverse oratory traditions that define the Pacific region. This section of the festival showcases the mastery of language, storytelling, and eloquence that have been integral to the cultural heritage of the Pacific islands. Participants from various Pacific nations come together to share their unique oratorical styles, fostering cultural exchange and appreciation.


Hoʻokani Pila – Live Music

June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
Live Music – Various Locations

Program Lead Zachary Lum | Hoʻokani pila is live music performances, mostly in the form of bands. Embracing both tradition and modernity, Pacific musicians skillfully blend contemporary elements into their performances, ensuring that the cultural music of the Pacific remains an enduring testament to our rich and diverse heritage.

June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
3:00 – 5:00 p.m
Kani Ka Pila Grille, 2169 Kalia Rd, Waikīkī

June 7-8 & 10-15, 2024
3:00 – 5:00 p.m
Kaimana Beach Hotel, 2863 Kalākaua Ave, Waikīkī


Hulahula Hoʻoilina – Dance Performances (tentative schedule)

Program Lead Hiwa Vaughan | Heritage dance in the Pacific refers to dance forms that have been passed down through generations and are deeply rooted in the cultural identities of the various Pacific Island nations and territories. These dances often play a significant role in rituals, ceremonies, storytelling, and social events, preserving the unique cultural heritage of the region. Each Pacific Island nation has its own distinct heritage dances, characterized by specific movements, music, costumes, and meanings. The initiative aims to facilitate cultural exchange by providing platforms for heritage dance groups across the Pacific to present and share their cultural practices.

Venues:

Ala Moana Center Stage,
1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu

Capitol Modern, Hawaiʻi
State Art Museum,
250 South Hotel St. Honolulu

Hawaiʻi Convention Center,
1801 Kalākaua Avenue, Honolulu

Kani Ka Pila Grille,
2169 Kalia Rd, Waikīkī

Kapiʻolani Park Bandstand,
2686 Kalākaua Ave, Waikīkī

Pālama Settlement,
810 N. Vineyard Blvd, Kalihi

The Royal Grove, Royal Hawaiian Center,
2201 Kalākaua Ave, Waikīkī

Windward Mall,
46-056 Kamehameha Hwy, Kāneʻohe

Waikīkī Beach Walk,
227 Lewers St, Waikīkī

UH Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu,
91-1001 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei

Polynesian Cultural Center,
55-370 Kamehameha Hwy, Lāʻie

Friday, June 7, 2024

  • 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Festival Village Stage, Hawaiʻi Convention Center
  • 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Royal Grove, Royal Hawaiian Center
  • 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Windward Mall
  • 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Waikīkī Beach Walk
  • 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Pālama Settlement

Saturday, June 8, 2024

  • 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Festival Village Stage, Hawaiʻi Convention Center
  • 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Royal Grove, Royal Hawaiian Center
  • 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Windward Mall
  • 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Kapiʻolani Park Bandstand (Kamehameha Day Celebration Hoʻolauleʻa)
  • 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Waikīkī Beach Walk
  • 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Pālama Settlement

Monday, June 10, 2024

  • 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Festival Village Stage, Hawaiʻi Convention Center
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Polynesian Cultural Center
  • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Capitol Modern
  • 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Ala Moana Center Stage
  • 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Royal Grove, Royal Hawaiian Center
  • 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Windward Mall
  • 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. UH Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu
  • 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Waikīkī Beach Walk

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

  • 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Festival Village Stage, Hawaiʻi Convention Center
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Polynesian Cultural Center
  • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Capitol Modern
  • 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Ala Moana Center Stage
  • 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Royal Grove, Royal Hawaiian Center
  • 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Waikīkī Beach Walk

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

  • 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Festival Village Stage, Hawaiʻi Convention Center
  • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Capitol Modern
  • 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Ala Moana Center Stage
  • 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Royal Grove, Royal Hawaiian Center
  • 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Waikīkī Beach Walk

Thursday, June 13, 2024

  • 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Festival Village Stage, Hawaiʻi Convention Center
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Polynesian Cultural Center
  • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Capitol Modern
  • 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Ala Moana Center Stage
  • 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Kani Ka Pila Grille
  • 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Royal Grove, Royal Hawaiian Center
  • 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. UH Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu
  • 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Waikīkī Beach Walk

Friday, June 14, 2024

  • 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Festival Village Stage, Hawaiʻi Convention Center
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Polynesian Cultural Center
  • 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Capitol Modern
  • 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Ala Moana Center Stage
  • 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Kani Ka Pila Grille
  • 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Royal Grove, Royal Hawaiian Center

Saturday, June 15, 2024

  • 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Festival Village Stage, Hawaiʻi Convention Center
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Polynesian Cultural Center
  • 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Royal Grove, Royal Hawaiian Center
  • 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Waikīkī Beach Walk