Arts Calendar 2005

The best in arts and culture island-wide for 2005

By: Marty Wentzel

Feb. 10-April 19: NEO RAUCH WORKS 1994-2000: THE LEIPZIGER VOLKSZEITUNG COLLECTION (Oahu).
An exhibition of artworks by one of Europe's most famous contemporary artists. Rauch has been called the coolest name in art and is known for his monumental paintings and drawings that critics say are a contemporary echo of American Pop or Soviet posters. Honolulu Academy of Arts (808) 532-8700

Feb. 12: CHINESE NEW YEAR IN LAHAINA (Maui).
The town welcomes the Lunar New Year with colorful lion dances, Chinese martial arts demonstrations, firecrackers, traditional drums, gongs and cymbals, and booths with ethnic food, crafts, calligraphy and massage. 888-310-1117

Feb. 22: CYRIL PAHINUI (Maui).
The award-winning slack-key guitarist appears with host George Kahumoku, Jr., to perform traditional Hawaiian songs and share authentic "talk-stories." Indoor Amphitheatre, Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua. 888-669-3858

Feb. 24-March 12: MISS SAIGON (Oahu).
Inspired by "Madame Butterfly" and transferred to a modern setting, this revolutionary musical that earned high praise in London, on Broadway and around the globe. Richardson Theatre, Fort Shafter. 808-438-4480

Feb. 24- March 27: EDDIE WOULD GO/QUEEN OF MAKAHA: RELL SUN (Oahu)
The Honolulu Theatre for Youth presents the stories of two Hawaiian surfers and role models, Eddie Aikau and Rell Sunn. Kumu Kahua Theatre. Downtown Honolulu. 808-839-9885

Feb. 25-March 3: TURANDOT (Oahu).
During Hawaii Opera Theatre's thrilling production, discover why Puccini's final work is regarded as the pinnacle of his career. Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall, Honolulu. 808-596-7858

March 2: THE ROYAL HAWAIIAN BAND (Oahu).
Established by King Kamehameha III in 1836, the band remains a symbol of Hawaii's rich monarchial past. Enjoy great Hawaiian music during a free concert featuring singers and hula dancers. Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Waikiki. 808-922-2299

March 9-27: CABARET (Oahu).
In this Broadway musical, a female entertainer in Weimar Republic-era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. Manoa Valley Theatre, Honolulu. 808-988-6131

March 11-13: HONOLULU FESTIVAL (Oahu).
Promoting cultural understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region. Various locations. 808-596-3327

March 12: KONA BREWERS FESTIVAL (Big Island).
Hawaii and mainland breweries serve 60 types of beer and chefs prepare culinary creations, with live music, hula and fire dancers rounding out the day. Luau grounds, King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. 808-334-2739

March 12-13 :OCEAN ARTS FEST IN LAHAINA (Maui).
Lahaina celebrates Humpback Whales with a marine arts event at Banyan Tree. Local artists display their ocean and marine-life themed art for sale, Hawaiian musicians and hula troupes entertain, and kids have fun with art activities, games and a touch pool. Lahaina Visitor Center. 888-310-1117

March 12-Sept. 5: E KU MAU MAU, E KU EVERLASTING
(Oahu). An exhibit of the many aspects of Ku, the Hawaiian god of war, as told through museum collections and the pieces of invited contemporary artists. Bishop Museum, Honolulu. 808-847-3511

March 13: PARKER RANCH CENTER KUPUNA (SENIORS) FESTIVAL (Big Island).
Enjoy interactive family activities, entertainment, games and craft demonstrations that salute the older generation. Parker Ranch Center, Waimea. 808-885-7178.

March 19: NA MEA HAWAII HULA KAHIKO (Big Island).
See traditional hula and chant performed outdoors on the hula platform overlooking Kilauea Crater, with Hawaiian crafts demonstrations at Volcano Art Center Gallery. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. 808-967-8222

March 26: PRINCE KUHIO CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS (Kauai).
Festivities celebrate the birthday of one of Hawaii's most beloved monarchs. Commemorative ceremonies at his birthplace are followed by demonstrations, lectures, entertainment and a luau. Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort & Spa. 808-240-6369

March 27-April 2: MERRIE MONARCH FESTIVAL (Big Island).
A week-long festival of cultural events including Hawaii's most prestigious hula competition, starting with an outdoor party and ending with a parade through town. Edith Kanakaole Stadium, Hilo. 808-935-9168

April 1: SWINGTIME IN HAWAII (Oahu).
Hawaii International Jazz Festival's signature event highlights music during Hawaii's Territorial years and features local jazz greats alongside Grammy-nominated pianist Jessica Williams. Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort & Spa. 808-941-9974

April 12: BEAUX ARTS TRIO (Big Island).
This legendary ensemble has a well-established tradition of superb artistry, exacting musicianship and a complete classical portfolio that has made them a hallmark in chamber music. Kahilu Theatre, Waimea. 808-885-6868

April 15-16: INTERNATIONAL NIGHTS (Big Island).
Students from diverse backgrounds share a taste of their cultures with costumes, dances and music from around the world. University of Hawaii at Hilo Theater. 808-974-7310

April 28-May 8: HAWAII QUILT GUILD ANNUAL EXHIBTION (Oahu).
Featuring the best new quilts by contemporary Hawaiian quilters, this popular exhibition is the biggest of its kind in Hawaii. Art Center, Honolulu Academy of Arts. 808-532-8700

May 1: MAY DAY FESTIVALS (statewide).
Celebrated since 1927, this annual tradition perpetuating the custom of giving and receiving flowers includes lei-making contests, hula competitions, a king and queen and their royal court. On Oahu, there's an evening of Hawaiian song and dance under the stars at the Waikiki Shell. 808-692-5118.

May 12-14: 13TH ANNUAL WORLD FIREKNIFE DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS (Oahu).
A North Shore town lights up during this annual test of fire-spinning champions from around the world, vying for the title of world's best. Polynesian Cultural Center, Laie. 800-367-7060

May 12-28: THE SECRET GARDEN (Oahu).
Bring the family to the musical version of the enchanting children's classic, presented by the Army Community Theatre. Richardson Theatre, Fort Shafter. 808-438-4480

May 14-29: INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CANOES (Maui).
Master Carvers from across the Pacific create canoes from wood logs. Other festivities include cultural arts demonstrations, a parade down Front St. followed by a seaside Hawaiian music concert, and a launch of the completed canoes. Lahaina. 888-310-1117

May 19-21: MOLOKAI KA HULA PIKO (Molokai).
This celebration of the birth of the hula includes a variety of entertainment, food, arts and crafts, lectures and excursions to sacred sites. Papohaku Beach Park. 808-553-3876

May 26-29: POLYNESIAN FESTIVAL (Kauai).
Starting with a pageant and dinner at the Radisson Kauai Beach Resort at 6 p.m., the festival continues at the Kukui Grove Pavilion with entertainment, crafts, seminars, dance competitions and food. 808-335-6466

May 26-29: KAUAI MUSIC FESTIVAL (Kauai).
Top songwriters network with producers and publishers in forums, workshops, panel discussions and concerts. Hyatt Regency Kauai, with concerts at Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center. 808-634-6237

June 10-12: PAN-PACIFIC FESTIVAL-MATSURI IN HAWAII (Oahu).
This annual event is a cross-cultural exchange between the people of Hawaii, Japan, Mainland USA and other Pan-Pacific regions, with activities and concerts for all ages. 808-926-8177

June 11: KING KAMEHAMEHA CELEBRATION FLORAL PARADE (Oahu).
Colorful floats, marching bands and glamorous horseback riders decked out in flowers traverse the streets of Honolulu, ending at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. 808-586-0333

June 15: FLAVORS OF THE REEF (Oahu).
An annual celebration highlighting Hawaii's multi-ethnic cultures. Outrigger Reef on the Beach, Waikiki. 800-688-7444

June 15-19: MAUI FILM FESTIVAL (Maui).
In its sixth year, this high-profile cinematic event showcases a variety of films, some for the first time ever. Celebrity appearances, Hawaiian music and an enormous outdoor movie screen add to the fun. Wailea Resort. 808-579-9996

June 23-26: DOLPHIN DAYS (Big Island).
The weekend features a charity golf tournament, luau, silent auction, dolphin-watching programs and the Great Waikoloa Food, Wine and Music Festival, all to raise funds for Hawaii Shriner's Hospital for Children and the Pacific Marine Life Foundation. Hilton Waikoloa Village. 800-HILTONS

June 24-25: KING KAMEHAMEHA HULA COMPETITION (Oahu).
An international cultural event which features 500 dancers from the continental U.S., Hawaii and Japan competing in traditional and contemporary hula styles. Neal Blaisdell Center, Honolulu. 808-536-6540

June 24-26: TASTE OF HONOLULU (Oahu).
Hawaii's vast outdoor food, wine, and entertainment festival provides tastes from top restaurants, fun and educational activities, cooking demonstrations and non-stop local entertainment. Downtown Honolulu. 808-536-1015

June 25-26: ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL (Big Island).
A major celebration in a beautiful historic setting, including traditional Hawaiian arts and crafts, canoe rides, Hawaiian Royal Court, Hawaiian food tasting and a hukilau (community fishing event). Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, South Kohala. 808-328-2288

July 2: PINEAPPLE FESTIVAL (Lanai).
This annual event celebrates Lanai's rich pineapple plantation and ranch history. Residents and visitors enjoy local foods, craft and game booths, and exceptional entertainment. Dole Park, Lanai City. 800-947-4774

July 16: PRINCE LOT HULA FESTIVAL (Oahu).
In a beautiful shaded outdoor setting, here's the oldest and largest non-competitive hula festival in Hawaii. Moanalua Gardens, Honolulu. 808-839-5334

Mid-July: PACIFIC HANDCRAFTERS GUILD ANNUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL (Oahu).
The crowds gather each year to purchase island-made wares. Food and entertainment, a native Hawaiian plant sale, massage tent, bonsai demonstration and martial arts demonstration are also on hand. Thomas Square, Honolulu. 808-841-0171

July 23-31: KOLOA PLANTATION DAYS (Kauai).
A full week honoring the island's plantation history, with entertainment, sports, Hawaiian games, historic walks, crafts, a block party and parade. Various locations. 808-822-0734

Aug. 6-7: MAUI ONION FESTIVAL (Maui).
The sweet Maui product is feted during a weekend of chef demonstrations, cooking contests, tastings, a farmer's market, games, live music and an onion-eating contest. Whalers Village, Kaanapali Resort. 866-FUN-N-SUN

Aug. 19-21: SLACK KEY WORKSHOPS (Oahu).
Here's a hands-on opportunity chance to learn more about Hawaii's distinctive slack key guitar music with masters of the craft. Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. 800-688-7444

Aug. 19-21: MADE IN HAWAII FESTIVAL (Oahu).
Offerings for 2005 include food, books, gifts, fashions, plants, arts, crafts and produce, along with live entertainment and Hawaii culinary artists. Neal Blaisdell Center, Honolulu. 808-533-1292

Aug. 21-Oct. 15: ALOHA FESTIVALS (statewide).
Hawaii's premier showcase, this celebration of music, dance and history aims to preserve unique island traditions. Event dates vary according to islands. 800-852-7690

Sept. 9-10: A TASTE OF LAHAINA (Maui).
Sample dishes from popular Maui County restaurants, listen to live local music, let the kids play in the games area, and sip a few in the beer and wine garden. Lahaina Recreation Park II Ballpark. 888-310-1117

Sept. 17: ALOHA FESTIVALS FLORAL PARADE (Oahu).
A cascade of flowers, floats, horseback riders and marching bands float through Honolulu, ending in Waikiki. 800-852-7690

Sept. 25: QUEEN LILIUOKALANI MUSIC FESTIVAL (Big Island).
Honoring Hawaii's last Monarch, the event features music, food and dance, a flower drop, multi-ethnic dancing, performances by 300 hula dancers and island entertainers. Queen Liliuokalani Park, Hilo. (808) 961-8706

Oct. 13: HAWAIIANA FESTIVAL (Kauai).
Highlights include a nature walk, island crafts demonstrations, local comedians, live music and an evening concert. Hyatt Regency Kauai. 808-240-6369

Oct. 20-30: HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (statewide).
Dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film. Various sites. 808-528-3456

Nov. 9-13: HAWAII'S BIG ISLAND FESTIVAL (Big Island).
A five-day showcase of all that makes the island unique, including fine wines and cutting-edge island cuisine, agriculture, fine arts, health and wellness, championship golf, history and Hawaiian culture. Various locations. 808-934-9044

Nov. 4-13: KONA COFFEE CULTURAL FESTIVAL (Big Island).
Hawaii's oldest food fest features over 30 events, like art exhibits, tastings, a cupping competition, a coffee picking competition, coffee recipe cooking contest, farm tours, sporting events and a parade. Various locations. 808-326-7820

Nov. 10-12: WORLD INVITATIONAL HULA FESTIVAL (Oahu).
Halau (troupes) from California, Mexico and Japan join with local dancers to share their love of hula, Hawaiian culture and language. Waikiki Shell. 808-735-7950

Dec. 9: NATIVE MEDICINAL PLANTS (Oahu).
Learn about the uses of Hawaii's native plants at this fascinating lecture and hands-on demonstration led by a Hawaiian medicinal plant expert. Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. 800-688-7444

Dec. 11: NA MELE NEI ... THE MUSIC OF HAWAII TODAY (Oahu).
Showcasing a variety of island tunes, with a free Hawaiian music sing-along, on the second Sunday of every month. Ward Warehouse Stage, Honolulu. 808-596-8885

Dec. 22: KEIKI KALIKIMAKA (Oahu).
Fun holiday activities are designed especially for children, including Hawaiian-style ornament making, Santa's arrival on an outrigger catamaran and local holiday stories. Outrigger Reef on the Beach. 800-688-7444

Dec. 31: MOCHI (RICE CAKE) POUNDING FOR THE NEW YEAR (Big Island).
Traditional rice cakes are made the old-fashioned way, and everyone takes a turn at pounding the glutinous sticky rice for good luck. Fire building starts at 6 a.m. to steam the rice. Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast, Wailea. 808-963-6422

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