13th Festival of the Pacific Arts & Culture

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Waʻa Ceremony: Kualoa June 5, 2024

The Waʻa Ceremony celebrated the traditions of our ancestors, who navigated the vast Pacific Ocean using the stars, waves and winds. Representatives from each delegation traveled by canoes across Kāneʻohe Bay to Kualoa where they were welcomed with traditional protocol in a manner reminiscent of ka wā kahiko.It was a powerful reminder of our shared heritage and that we are connected, not divided, by Moananuiākea.

Opening Ceremony: UH Mānoa June 6, 2024

FestPACʻs opening and closing ceremonies were joyful celebrations of Oceaniaʻs vibrant, living cultures. Delegates from all 28 participating Pacific nations gathered at the Stan Sheriff Center. Beyond the energy generated by the dynamic and colorful performances of traditional music and dance, these were unifying moments that solidified our connection as the citizens of Moananuiākea – the Blue Continent. These photos are from the Opening Ceremony on June 6, 2024.

Talanoa Declaration Ceremony: ʻIolani Palace June 11, 2024

On June 11, 2024, Pacific Island leaders gathered in the throne room of ʻIolani Palace to sign the Tuuruma Ariki Declaration to establish the Osiana (Oceania) Traditional Leaders Forum – a step towards reviving King David Kalākaua’s vision of a unified Pacific Federation. The declaration’s name honors the importance of ancestral wisdom in guiding our collective path forward.

Festival Village: Hawaiʻi Convention Center

From traditional arts and crafts, to dynamic – and sometimes impromptu – performances, the Festival Village was a wonderful opportunity to experience the diversity of the Pacific through art, music and culture, as well as for cultural exchange. The venue was exciting and energizing and designed to enrich our appreciation of the unique aspects of Pacific nations while showcasing our similarities as people of Oceania.

Carving and Tattoo Demonstrations: Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum was a FestPAC venue and the demonstration site for the festival’s carvers and tattoo artists (both traditional and modern) for the duration of the festival. The museum also presented a special exhibit in honor of FestPAC, “Ka ʻUla Wena: Oceanic Red,” that explores the manifestations of red throughout Oceania. It was a showcase of brilliant craftsmanship and Indigenous Pacific design. As part of FestPAC, each delegation was invited to carve a canoe paddle for display at the museum to honor and remember the festival.

Closing Ceremony: UH Mānoa June 16, 2024

FestPAC’s opening and closing ceremonies were joyful celebrations of Oceania’s vibrant, living cultures. Delegates from all 28 participating Pacific nations gathered at the Stan Sheriff Center. Beyond the energy generated by the dynamic and colorful performances of traditional music and dance, these were unifying moments that solidified our connection as the citizens of Moananuiākea – the Blue Continent. These photos are from the Closing Ceremony on June 16, 2024.