Pasifika Fest HNL 2019

What an incredible debut for Pasifika Fest HNL!  Our vision was to ignite the excitement of celebrating the arts and cultural arts of the Pasifika communities in Honolulu and we definitely saw and felt the excitement that evening.

From the beautiful artwork from featured artists here in Honolulu to the engagement between the artists and attendees really sparked the excitement of the evening.  The backdrop of the gorgeous and historic Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art made the event even more special.  We could see and feel the excitement from attendees as they entered the Courtyard and were mesmerized by the backdrop of the venue and the incredible art on display.

There was beautiful work on display by artists: Jordan Wolfe, Sha Ongelungel, Susan Manuma (Brazen Culture), Saumolia Puapuaga (Art by Saumo), Anthony Watson, Ana Ko’olau-Sekona and Marcelina Lobendahn (Marcelina Photography).  The guests were treated to gorgeous mediums of artwork display from paintings, to photography and sculptures.  We even were able to feature a live painter during the art display segment with artist Saumoli Puapuaga (Art by Saumo) who graciously accepted our invitation to paint LIVE for our attendees.


Saumolia Puapuaga (Art by Saumo) in the zone as he painted LIVE for our audience

We were honored to have a special performance by our guests from Japan from hula halau Papa Hula Japan in the Courtyard during the art display segment.

The performances in the theatre tied together our event with electric performances by:
Manu Studios, Kabu Ni Delai Anuhea, Imani & Ali’itasi Rogers, Micronesia Connections, Fealofani O Samoa and a breathtaking fashion show from Tauivi Designs.


We are so grateful to our community for the support, especially to the staff at the Honolulu Museum of Arts/ Doris Duke Theatre, Taylour Chang, Minette Ferrer and Sarah Fang for your faith in our vision of seeing Pasifika Fest HNL at Doris Duke.  We are grateful and overwhelmed by the turnout and look forward to celebrating the future of the Pasifika here in Honolulu in 2020.  Mahalo!



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