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Activity: Inspired PatternsIntricate and vibrant patterns are a trademark of Hawaiian artistic expression. Through Oct. 16, Hulia `Ano: Inspired Patterns at the Bishop Museum (BishopMuseum.org) explores these aesthetic traditions by spotlighting design motifs and visual similarities in the natural world. Interactive touch screens allow visitors to create their own Hawaiian design motifs that are projected onto gourds or onto a Hawaiian quilt template.
Culinary: Pan-Pacific FestivalFrom its performing-arts showcases, hula festival and Waikiki hoolaulea (street party) celebrating ethnic and local fare, the 38th annual Pan-Pacific Festival (Pan-Pacific-Festival.com) turns June 9-11 into a convivial weekend dedicated to connecting the world’s diverse cultures. As a fitting finale, a sunset parade from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park fills Kalakaua Avenue with sparkling dancers, dynamic drummers, bands and costumed cultural groups.
Event: Floral ParadeMarking its 101st anniversary on June 10, the Annual King Kamehameha Celebration Floral Parade (KamehamehaFestival.org) honors the reign of its namesake leader who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. Count on a colorful procession of brightly decorated floats, high-energy marching bands and traditional pau riders that represent a Hawaiian royal court on horseback.
Shopping: Art WalkStroll along Nuuanu Avenue and Bethel Street to explore eclectic art galleries and historic buildings within the Chinatown Arts District. If timing misses the First Friday Art Walk (First Friday Hawaii.com), aficionados can still explore the evolving scene at The ARTS at Marks Garage, The Art Treasures Gallery, Peggy Hopper Gallery and Louis Pohl Gallery.
Insider Tip: “Hulia `Ano: Inspired Patterns allows visitors a glimpse into Hawaiian culture through the presentation of objects from every Bishop Museum collection, works from contemporary artists and the intimate relationships forged with thenatural world. Through observation and innovation, the natural world comes to life in the material culture preserved at the Bishop Museum and in the work of practitioners today.”
- Marques Hanalei Marzan, Cultural Advisor, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum