Art and Culture Events in Hawaii

Some of 2009's best options for travelers

By: By Marty Wentzel

Hawaii’s lively arts-and-culture scene is popular with visitors throughout the year, enhancing the island lifestyle with museum exhibits, performances and presentations. Here are some highlights for the rest of 2009.

Hawaii’s Big Island

Oct. 16-19: Hilo Wayfinding and Navigation Festival. This celebration of the historic and current-day feats of Pacific navigators aims to expand interest in long-distance canoe voyaging. Activities include talks, workshops and demonstrations. Imiloa Astronomy Center, Hilo. 808-969-9700,

Through Oct. 30: Grandfather’s House. Clients can step back in time and experience what life was like in 1930’s Korea. The exhibit showcases a full-scale replica of a rural home, meticulously reproduced and furnished with artifacts of the day. Lyman Museum, Hilo. 808-935-5021,

Nov. 6-26: Big Island Fall Arts Festival Exhibit. During this must-see show of Big Island artists — so vast that it fills three galleries — clients can witness a variety of works in different media. East Hawaii Cultural Center, Hilo. 808-961-5711,


Oct. 10: Emalani Festival. Clients can listen to live Hawaiian music, watch beautiful hula, view historical displays and experience a tribute to Queen Emma’s landmark 1871 journey through the area’s forests. Kokee Museum, Kokee State Park. 808-335-9975

Dec. 4: Christmas Craft Fair. At this annual extravaganza of handmade merchandise, visitors can support local artisans, savor culinary treats and enjoy Hawaiian music and hula. It’s followed by the annual Lights on Rice Parade through the heart of town. Kauai Museum, Lihue. 808-245-6931,

Maui County

Nov 14: It’s for the Birds. During this fundraiser for the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project, art lovers enjoy pupus, beverages, live entertainment and watch a presentation by conservationist and photographer Jack Jeffrey. Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center, Makawao. 808-573-0280,

Nov 20: Na Mele O Maui. This 37th annual competition showcases the music and visual art talents of Maui’s children, who symbolize the future of Hawaiian culture. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului. 808-242-7469,

Dec 16-20: Painting Exhibition. Visitors can meet accomplished artists from Hawaii and the mainland and watch them in action on the easel. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Lanai Art Center and Lanai Animal Rescue Center. Mike Carroll Gallery, Lanai City. 808-565-7122,


Through Jan. 3: Thirty-Six Views of Mt. Fuji. For the first time in a decade, Honolulu art lovers can see Katsushika Hokusai’s entire Mt. Fuji series. Hokusai was one of the most prolific Japanese artists of the late Edo period. Augmenting the exhibition will be works depicting Mount Fuji by other artists. Honolulu Academy of Arts. 808-532-8700,

Oct. 16-Jan. 2: Legacy of Patriotism Exhibition. Celebrating Hawaii’s 50th anniversary of statehood, this exhibit honors patriotism by showcasing an historic collection of Hawaiian flag quilts. Mission Houses Museum, Honolulu. 808-447-3910,

Oct. 31: Treat Street. Families can don costumes for some safe and silly trick-or-treating at this 22nd annual spooktacular event. Highlights include costume contests for all ages, coloring contests, a pie-eating contest and cockroach races. Bishop Museum, Honolulu. 808-847-3511,