Brushing Up On Hawaiian Culture

Arts With Aloha paints lessons in Oahu’s soul

By: Dawna L. Robertson

Honolulu Theatre for Youth on Oahu
Cynthia See and Junior Tesoro in
Maui’s Kite, an upcoming play at
Honolulu Theatre for Youth on Oahu.
While Mother Nature’s artistic flair made Oahu one of the most visually stunning places on Earth, the island’s Arts With Aloha program continues to reveal that there’s much more to this beautiful destination than meets the sightseeing eye.

An enthusiastic consortium of 18 visual, historical and performing-arts organizations, Arts With Aloha appeals to cultural enthusiasts of all ages by exposing an island steeped in history and enriched by the arts. Among Oahu’s treasures are the oldest symphony west of the Rockies, the only royal palace on U.S. soil and one of the top 10 collections of Asian art not to mention the Bishop Museum’s unrivaled collection of rare Hawaiian cultural artifacts.

“The soul of any community is found in its songs, dances, artworks and history,” said Charlie Aldinger, Bishop Museum spokesperson. “Sharing experiences with our visitors is central to greater cultural understanding.”

The following calendar of events highlights Arts With Aloha programs considered especially family friendly.



Bishop Museum

The Sky Tonight: J. Watumull Planetarium, first Friday of the month, from April 4:
View Hawaii’s skies

Grow Hawaiian Festival, April 26:
Meet Hawaiian artisans, scientists and more

Native Hawaiian Arts Market and Festival, May 3-4:
Discover the work of dozens of native artists

Whales: Wonders of the Ocean, May 17-Sept. 21:
Life-sized robotic whales illustrate origins, behavior and more

Moonlight Mele, June 19 and Aug. 14:
Enjoy Hawaiian music under the stars

Hawaii State Art Museum

Keiki Day, every second Saturday of the month, from May 10:
Hawaiian arts, crafts, hula, music and food

Diamond Head Theatre

The Wizard of Oz
July 11-27

Mission Houses Museum

Playthings: Toys and Games, through April 12:
Over 200 items from the museum’s collection of 19th-century artifacts

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Historic Missionary Houses Tour, every Tues.-Sat.: View preserved artifacts used by Hawaii’s first missionaries

Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Maui’s Kite, March 29:
The story of how the Hawaiian kite was invented