Engage with the Richness of our Diverse Pacific Traditions at FestPAC


Photo: Stacy Ferreira

Aloha mai kākou,

A celebration of immense cultural significance is fast approaching. The 13th Festival of the Pacific Arts and Culture, known as FestPAC, is set to take place on Oʻahu from June 6-16, 2024.

This quadrennial event, launched by the South Pacific Commission (SPC) in 1972, serves as a vital platform for Pacific leaders and Indigenous experts to come together to discuss and develop political action to seize opportunities and address challenges being experienced across the Blue Continent. It also promises to provide numerous interactive and dynamic events that share our heritage and rich history of Pacific arts and cultures.

The 2024 festival holds particular significance, as Hawaiʻi will not have the opportunity to host FestPAC again for another half-century. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to immerse oneself in the vibrant cultures of the Pacific and celebrate the theme of “Hoʻoulu Lāhui: Regenerating Oceania.”

One of the most captivating experiences of the festival is the waʻa arrival ceremony. Held at Kualoa Regional Park, this symbolic event marks the beginning of FestPAC, as traditional canoes from various Pacific nations gracefully sail onto the shores of Kāneʻohe Bay. It will be a powerful representation of unity and the shared maritime heritage that binds us Pacific Islanders.

The excitement will continue with the Opening Ceremony at the University of Hawaiʻi Stan Sherriff Center. Expect to be fascinated by the array of cultural performances, showcasing the diversity of Pacific arts. The highlight of the ceremony will be the Parade of Nations, a vibrant procession that honors each participating country and its unique cultural identity.

Throughout its 10-day run, FestPAC promises a wealth of cultural immersion and activities for you and your ʻohana. From traditional arts and crafts workshops, performing and visual arts, to captivating storytelling sessions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and learn from.

As the festival draws to a close, the Closing Ceremony offers a poignant finale, celebrating the achievements and camaraderie forged over the course of FestPAC. Expect stirring performances and heartfelt expressions of gratitude as participants bid farewell to this extraordinary gathering.

So, mark your calendars and don’t miss out on this historic occasion! Come and engage with the richness of our diverse traditions of the Pacific. Let’s come together to celebrate, learn, and preserve the heritage that defines us as proud Pacific Islanders.

For more information and a detailed calendar of events, visit festpachawaii.org or check out the events schedule included in this issue of Ka Wai Ola. Let the countdown to FestPAC 2024 begin!

Me ka ha ʻaha ʻa,
Stacy Kealohalani Ferreira
Ka Pouhana | Chief Executive Officer