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  1. Inside POW! WOW! Long Beach

    POW! WOW! just wrapped up their fourth annual mural festival in the city of Long Beach, CA. Each year the city's residents look forward to the eclectic roster of international and local muralists collaborating to transform their plain city walls into large-scale masterpieces. The Honolulu based organization has evolved into a global network of artists who see the power of revitalizing cities worldwide through their artwork. Welcome to POW! WOW! Long Beach.

    Mural by Kamea Hadar

     

    POW! WOW! Long Beach has become one of the largest week-long festivals outside of Honolulu. On top of the wondrous and fantastical murals, the festival promotes a variety of events to celebrate the local community with music, panel discussions and more. This year, we were honored to host the closeout event– a silent disco with Hawaii’s Aloha Got Soul and local dj’s from Expedition Radio– to celebrate the festival’s aloha spirit.
     
    We are a proud partner of POW! WOW! and their efforts to bring art and community to cities around the world. Check out some of our favorite moments in Long Beach below and follow @OluKai for more!

     

    Mural in progress by Noelle Martinez, Photo by Lanny Nguyen

     

    Mural by Noelle Martinez
    Mural by Andrew Hem
    Mural by Francisco Reyes Jr.
    Silent Disco by OluKai

    Mural by Sydney James
    Mural by Lolo YS

     
     
    Photos by John Pangilinan

  2. OluKai Events Lineup

    OluKai is hitting the road to share aloha with our friends across the mainland. Subscribe to our email list below to be notified of new events in your area! #AnywhereAloha

    Lineup:

    SXSW Marketplace / Austin, TX / March 15-17
    RBC Heritage Golf Classic / Hilton Head, SC / April 9-15
    Tuck Fest / Charlotte, NC / April 19-22
    Bay to Breakers / San Francisco, CA / May 18-20
    BottleRock / Napa, CA / May 25-27
    GoPro Mountain Games / Vail, CO / June 7-10
    Kaaboo / Del Mar, CA / Sept. 14-16
    Ohana Fest / Dana Point, CA / Sept 29-30

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  3. Saving Banksy Premiere: Thursday at POW!WOW! Hawaii

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  4. ‘Ohana Travels

    Meet 'Wooden Wave' - Matt and Roxy Ortiz

    Aloha!
    We are Matt and Roxy Ortiz, a husband and wife art duo who paint under the name Wooden Wave. We have an art studio in Honolulu at Lana Lane Studios where we work a block away from the sea. Surfing and spending time in the water is how we have fun and get new ideas for our art. We draw our inspiration from the playful lifestyles of those who enjoy the outdoors. Using treehouses as our main subject matter, we draw and paint environments that offer a whimsical take on nature and sustainability.

    Growing up in Hawaii has molded us into people who love and appreciate the ocean and its beauty. We are so excited to take this road trip and experience a completely different landscape! To start off this adventure, we will be painting a mural at the headquarters of Zappos in downtown Las Vegas. From there we will strike out on the road visiting national parks and scenic routes in Utah. Our art is often inspired by our surroundings so we are looking forward to adding to our sketch books while we travel through some of the region’s iconic locations. Our list of stops includes Arches, Zion, and Bryce Canyon National Parks.

    The road trip will end in Salt Lake City where we will be participating in the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in collaboration with OluKai. With so much to see, we can’t wait to get this road trip started! We hope you can follow along with us and enjoy the ride!

    FOLLOW THEIR JOURNEY #OHANATRAVELS

     


    Las Vegas, Nevada

    “There is a healthy culture and love for murals in this part of town and we enjoyed discovering them on our wanderings.” - WOODEN WAVE

    Back in Hawaii, people call Las Vegas the Ninth Island. With one of largest populations of Hawaiians outside of Hawaii itself, Las Vegas has its fair share of islanders. It’s our first time visiting and as we approached the city on our late night flight, the glowing metropolis below certainly resembled an urban island, floating on a pitch black sea of uninterrupted desert.

    Zappos

    We came here to paint a mural at the headquarters of Zappos which is located in the historic Downtown Las Vegas district. On our first day, we met up with Brian “Paco” Alvarez, the charismatic art curator and cultural historian. He gave us a tour of the grounds and emphasized how much value was placed on art and creativity at Zappos. There were murals all throughout the facilities, some done by Zappos employees and others by artists from the community. Paco explained how in addition to building a creative work culture in-house, Zappos is also striving to support and revitalize the Downtown Las Vegas area.

    Downtown

    When we weren’t painting we explored the downtown district. We were impressed by the iconic neon signs that framed the city skyline and lit the bustling streets. There is a healthy culture and love for murals in this part of town and we enjoyed discovering them on our wanderings. With cafes, galleries, bars and restaurants, downtown Las Vegas offers visitors a taste of the local experience. We especially enjoyed the galleries at the Art Factory and the contemporary mix of shops and restaurants at the Container Park.

    Mural

    Inspired by the innovative mentality and playful spirit of Zappos culture, we set out to create a mural that could match the overall light-hearted atmosphere within the campus. We typically paint imagined tree house communities that combine rooftop gardens, solar panels, and other sustainable characteristics with half-pipe skate ramps, slides, and tire swings. We derive a lot of joy from envisioning and painting these details because, after all, who wants to live in a place that isn’t fun?  Drawing from the breathtaking range of warm and cool color tones that we observed in the surrounding environment, we were thrilled with the idea of painting our first desert landscape! In a nod to our comparison of the desert as being an ocean of sand, we opted to portray a container ship as our dwelling instead of treehouses. But why stop there? We figured that if you are going to paint a boat in the desert, then you might as well float it in the air with some levitating rocks too!  For us, this theme is perfectly summed up by one of Zappos’ stated core values, “Create Fun and A Little Weirdness!”

       


    Valley Of Fire, Nevada State Park 

    Our first stop after leaving Las Vegas was the Valley of Fire State Park where the flat desert gave way to large outcrops of fiery red sandstone. Thousands of years of erosion have sculpted the rock structures into fascinating forms, pitted with caves and full of stratified layers of color. As we drove deeper into the park the hues diversified and shifted quickly across a spectrum of oranges, pinks and limestone whites. The road turned frequently around bends to reveal a surreal landscape that made us imagine what it might be like to live on Mars.

    One thing we noticed when we stepped out of the car was the pure silence that hung thick in the air. It’s a completely different sensory experience from Las Vegas, where the cacophony of traffic and music is constant. The pavement was smooth and the road empty of other cars, so Matt pulled his skateboard out of the trunk and got in a couple of downhill sessions. There’s something peaceful in the sound of a single skateboard rolling through the stillness.

    We’re excited to see the other parks on our trip – we’re off to great start and Zion National Park is next!

    "As we drove deeper into the park the hues diversified and shifted quickly across a spectrum of oranges, pinks and limestone whites.” - WOODEN WAVE


    Zion National Park, Utah 

    The canyon walls in Zion National Park were immense. The sheer scale and magnitude of the landscape made us feel tiny, fragile, impermanent.  It is both humbling and gratifying to realize that your life is less than a blip on the geological spectrum of time.  Having put our entire lives into context,  it was time to go hiking, YEW!

    We decided to do the “Narrows,” a water hike that follows the course of the Virgin river. It is remarkable how a relatively small river carved out such a dramatic landscape. The canyon’s sides loomed tall and hemmed us in tightly. A majority of this hike took place in the river so we were stoked to be rocking our amphibious Kamiki shoes!

    We hiked upstream through the cool, refreshing water until twilight, then turned back as the last rays of sunlight lit the surrounding bluffs in pinks,  purples  and warm grays. Who knew that watching rocks change color could be so amazing? By the time we exited the Narrows, the sun had long since set and a full moon hung low and bright above the Canyon walls. What a beautiful way to end the day’s adventure!

    “We hiked upstream through the cool, refreshing water until twilight, then turned back as the last rays of sunlight lit the surrounding bluffs in pinks, purples and warm grays.” - WOODEN WAVE

       


    Bryce Canyon National Park,  Utah

    It’s safe to say that this park blew our minds. We chose to hike the “Navajo loop” trail which winds down from the scenic Sunset Point overlook into a canyon filled with breathtaking hoodoos. These rock formations have eroded over time to resemble jagged spires of red and orange rock. The entire valley looks like an ancient fortress with these stone turrets standing guard. It’s amazing to see how nature has created such diverse landforms, we were in awe the entire time! We’ve had so much fun exploring the Southwest scenery, but after today we’re not sure if any landscape can beat the stunning Hoodoo area. We can’t wait to find out, Capital Reef National Park is next!

    “The entire valley looks like an ancient fortress with these stone turrets standing guard.” - WOODEN WAVE


    Capital Reef National Park 

    After driving through a surreal moonlit landscape we arrive at midnight in the small town of Torrey, which borders the Capitol Reef National Park. The advantages of driving at night include cool  temperatures, no traffic, and a chance to see the nocturnal wildlife. The disadvantage of driving at night is the nocturnal wildlife. We have to be hyper aware with the high beams on, in order to spot deer and elk (they seem to have a bad habit of crossing the road in front of your car). On this leg of the trip Roxy is at the helm and deftly avoids certain disaster with some ninja-like reflexes. Good on ya Roxy!

    The next morning, Capitol Reef delivers some gorgeous views. Winding our way through the park we stop at a petroglyph site dating back as far as 300 C.E. These markings were left by the culture of the Hisatsinom, who have long since vanished. Geometric carvings of big horn sheep and human figures line the base of the towering rock face. Though the motivations for these petroglyphs remain a mystery, it was inspiring for us as artists to see ancient forms of creative expression and storytelling. It made us feel more connected to the idea of art as part of the human experience, that spans the divide of time.

    The rest of the day was spent on the road, driving to the town of Moab. Along the way, we passed roadside relics of Americana like rusted trucks, trailers, and weather-worn barns. We stopped for fuel at a general store that was built into the side of the mountain. This trip has been full of small places and moments like these that will be remembered with a smile.

    “It made us feel more connected to the idea of art as part of the human experience, that spans the divide of time.” - WOODEN WAVE


    Moab, Utah

    Moab is a small town with a big heart for adventure. It’s a hub for activities like rock climbing, skydiving, mountain biking, and more. The Colorado River runs through this area and has carved out some magnificent canyon walls. We decided that the best way to experience this iconic river vista would be by kayak. After being in the desert for the past week, it was so refreshing and rejuvenating to be back in the water! We spent a few hours paddling and drifting with the current.  The river was broad and gentle for the most part but still feisty enough to send us down a few adrenaline-raising rapids. We were also happy to see some local wildlife, including heron, geese, and the rarely spotted river otter! The whole experience reminded us of how much we love being out in nature and that there are so many ways to enjoy it.

    Next, we traded our kayak for a couple of horses. Arriving at the riverside Hauer Ranch we were excited to learn that we were the only guests signed up for the sunset trail ride. Roxy used to ride as a kid and was at ease atop her aptly named horse “Sassy.” I think that my horse Cash knew I was a rookie because he frequently stopped to nibble on tasty desert grass! Our guide Trace took us along the meandering backcountry trail that crossed streams and passed a myriad of unique rock formations. The striking scenery started taking on a iconic “Western” vibe. Trace explained that this particular area was frequently used in Western films. The list includes many John Wayne movies, as well as more recent films such as Mission Impossible 2 and John Carter. We loved hearing about the history of this place and it was interesting to reflect on how our impression of what the American West looks like, is in large part due to this stunning region.

    On our way back to the ranch, thick clouds rolled in off the horizon and shrouded the surrounding desert in cool atmospheric grays and dark sheets of rain. The mood of the landscape seemed to shift quickly in the filtered light and as the sun set, we felt an upwelling of gratitude and admiration for this beautiful place.

    “The mood of the landscape seemed to shift quickly in the filtered light and as the sun set, we felt an upwelling of gratitude and admiration for this beautiful place.” - WOODEN WAVE


    Arches National Park, Utah 

    “The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, some of which span as much as 300 feet in width!” - WOODEN WAVE

    As we entered the Arches National Park we were once again awestruck by the handy work of Mother Nature. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, some of which span as much as 300 feet in width! These petrified bridges were a fitting finale to our memorable national parks tour.

    After hiking the park for the better half of the day, we hopped back in the car and pointed it north toward our final destination of Salt Lake City. On the highway, it’s easy to slip into tunnel vision mode but something to the left caught our attention. Dinosaurs, dozens of them! They were being installed in the desert as part of a future museum. We pulled over for a closer look and were downright giddy to find a life size T-Rex head and its pre assembled body parts strewn about the construction site. How could we resist a photo op with the king of the dinos? Thoroughly satisfied with our find, we left the museum grounds and turned back onto the highway. Jurassic Park theme music echoed in our heads as the road stretched out in front of us.

    We are now in Salt Lake City for the Outdoor Retailer tradeshow where we’ll be doing live art at the OluKai booth. This marks the end of our week-long adventure through the National and State Parks. This trip has definitely inspired us in so many ways and we’ll be returning to Hawaii with fond memories and a renewed enthusiasm for exploring nature in its many forms. We hope you’ve enjoyed following our journey through the Southwest!

    Aloha,

    Matt and Roxy

  5. Photo Gallery: POW!WOW! Hawaii

    Co-Director Kamea Hadar at work

    POW!WOW! Hawaii is wrapped - it was a colorful week filled with creativity, community, and a lot of art. We've collected a few of our favorite photos in this journal - enjoy!

    Welcome to Lana Lane

    Welcome to Lana Lane - the headquarters and heartbeat for all things POW!WOW!

    Tools of the Trade Focused on the details Wooden Wave at work

    We spent Wednesday with our good friends Wooden Wave as they joined POW!WOW! for their fifth year.

    Wooden Wave through the palms Saving Banksy Premiere

    It was a packed house as we premiered the documentary Saving Banksy on Thursday night in Kaka'ako.

    Screening of Saving BanksyQ & A at Saving BanksySaving Banksy PremiereOn the lift

    In Progress

    In Progress Night Moves
    Finalized Mural Shots POW!WOW! flowers Cruising Kaka'ako Mr. Jago's work Checking out the artworkAnywhereAloha Over Kaka'ako

  6. Wooden Wave at POW!WOW! Hawaii

    Matt and Roxy at Work

    We spent Wednesday with our good friends of Wooden Wave. They're a dynamic husband and wife artist duo that creates whimsical illustrations, designs, and paintings. And they are especially known for creating imaginative tree houses designed with underlying themes of sustainability, environmental awareness, and, of course, fun!

    This project brings all those elements together to create a treehouse for, and in the shape of, Darth Vader. The story goes that Darth Vader retires from running the empire to his custom tree house in the stars. Aside from featuring the essentials of any Wooden Wave sustainable treehouse - solar panels, garden beds, and skate ramps - Vader had this home custom made for his post-empire needs.

    Upon closer inspection, you'll notice the clothes line has his boots and cape hanging out to dry. The lower floor features a dance floor and Death Star disco ball, because we all know that Darth loves to disco!

    This mural also features the hand-lettering of Lana Lane artist Gavin Murai (under the name Reckon Shop), a lettering and graphic designer with a clean style and, like Wooden Wave, a fun-loving attitude. He created the typography portion featuring the Darth quote, 'Together we can rule the galaxy.' Although originally spoken in hopes of convincing Luke to rule the galaxy with him for the dark side, he has softened with age, and it now serves as a call to action - to live sustainably through an environmentally conscious lens.

     

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  7. The Kanilehua Mural

    You may recognize Brandy Serikaku from our Anywhere Aloha story, The Creatives, where she met with Jhesika Menes and traveled from the Big Easy to the Big Island to share in and experience the distinct but surprisingly unique cultures in the two communities.

    Brandy in her studio

    We now join Brandy again on the Big Island, to share in her latest project: A mural in downtown Hilo, in collaboration with Temple Children.

    Temple Children's mission is to strengthen and bridge communities by embracing individuality and activating conversation and collaboration. They connect and support like-minded people seeking positive social and environmental change with each project they create, and this one is no different. Brandy's mural is one of six that will be completed this week, with artists from California, New Zealand, Australia, and Hawaii coming together to share their talents and embrace the creative energy of each other and the community they are visiting.

    Although this is Brandy's first mural project, the inspiration behind it comes from a lifetime of learning about, exploring, loving, and embracing Hawaiian culture:

    Raised in Hilo, Brandy has been dancing hula for 27 years for Halau O Ka Ua Kanilehua
    - a commitment that has inspired a love of the Hawaiian culture and language. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Currently the Art Director of Sig Zane Kaiao, Brandy has been designing for over 8 years and her pen illustrations and ink paintings have come to life through her recent designs for Salt Liko. Brandy always finds time to enjoy life, through surfing, traveling, adventuring with her daughters, working in the ʻāina, and drawing.

    Brandy on the Big Island

    It is no wonder that the inspiration for her mural comes from the natural world, and specifically, the landscape of the Big Island:

    "I want to focus on the lehua and bring awareness to rapid ohiʻa death and caring for our native forests. I thought of Kanilehua, which is the famous rain of Hilo and also the name of the hālau hula I dance for. The lehua trees attract the clouds that bring in the rain. When you look at the meaning of Kanilehua, kani means sound and lehua is the tree. When the rain hits the leaves, the pitter and patter can be heard. We can imagine Hilo having so many lehua trees that when it rained, they heard the lehua! It will reflect the rain and the lehua, and may become an abstract print.”

    Follow along here and on social media (InstagramFacebookTwitter) as Brandy's mural moves from inspiration to manifestation in Hilo, HI.

    Taro on the Big Island

    Mahalo to our partners, Temple Children, for bringing us together in this project. Also to photographers Mark Kushimi and Cory Martin for sharing their amazing work.

     

  8. Anywhere Aloha Pop Up Shops: Southern Series

    Aloha Alabama!

    We’re heading to Birmingham for the fourth and final stop of our #AnywhereAloha Pop-Up Shops: Southern Series! Alabama Outdoors Pop-Up Shop 

    We will be set up this Friday through Sunday, October 28-30 at Alabama Outdoors! Come shop exclusive styles that will be available ONLY this weekend. All OluKai purchases over the weekend will receive a premium OluKai gift with purchase. 

    Stop by Friday night for complimentary Pint Night with Good People Brewing Company and receive an exclusive OluKai pint cup!

    Get your weekend rolling on Saturday morning with complimentary locally roasted coffee from Seeds Coffee Co., and then stick around for our leather workshop. From 3-5pm you'll be able to create a custom leather piece and talk story on the craftsmanship that goes into each pair of OluKai sandals, shoes, and boots.

    Sunday will be sweet, as our friends from Seeds Coffee Co. will be serving up the best in fresh coffee all morning! 

    Alabama Pop-Up

    Can't make it down? Follow us on Instagram @OluKai to catch all the action!

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    OluKai Leather Shop Working on the custom leather pieces
    Pop_Up Shop Inside the OluKai Pop-Up Shop
  9. Celebrate `Ohe –Hawaii’s Annual Bamboo Festival

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    A vigorous grower, `ohe or common clumping bamboo, a giant flowering evergreen perennial member of the grass family, is one of the most conspicuous and abundant plants in Hawaii’s rainforests. `Ohe or Hawaiian bamboo is also one of nature’s most useful. In celebration of bamboo’s diverse roles in Hawaii, The Hawaiian Chapter of The American Bamboo Society (HCABS) will host the annual Bamboo Festival to be held September 11, 2016, at Nani Mau Garden in Hilo, Hawaii. Artists, growers, and lecturers will be featured, offering visitors an opportunity to view plants, ask questions and talk story with Hawaiian bamboo growers, collectors, and enthusiasts. A silent auction is planned.

    All About `Ohe

    Did you know that due to a unique rhizome-dependent system, bamboo, a relative of corn and sugar cane, is one of the fastest-growing plants in the world? After only two months of growth, the hardy and tenacious bamboo plant is the size it will remain for its lifetime.

    Individual clumps of both types of Hawaiian bamboo flower at various times. While bamboo does flower, it is a rare event; occurring only once in the plant’s maturity, anytime after the plant is about sixty years old. Bamboo lives for up to 125 or more years. Once bamboo flowers, it dies.

    Early Polynesian settlers introduced `ohe to the islands. Bamboo was a much need survival supply, known for its diverse array of uses including holding fresh water, as a food source, to provide materials for building or household use. `Ohe Puhi Ahi was a common tool used by ancient Hawaiians to kindle fires. The tool is a slender bamboo tube used to blow air to fan the embers. In sacred Hawaiian religious ceremonies, a traditional knife carved from bamboo was used to cut the umbilical cord of a newborn.

    The ancient Hawaiians, to irrigate taro fields, cut `ohe into half lengthwise and after removing the middle of the node walls, utilized bamboo to direct water to flow through the troughs from the mountain streams into the taro fields staggered down the hillsides below.

    Bamboo is also used to craft musical instruments. Nose flutes and stamping drums were made from `ohe. Used in hula accompaniment, the three-holed nose flute, `ohe hano ihu, is crafted from the straight, hollow stem of thin-walled bamboo. Percussion instruments, including the pu`ili, a split bamboo tube approximately two feet long that rattles when pounded, are made from larger diameter bamboo. Percussion rhythms are also drawn from the `ohe ka `eke`eke, blunt tubes of the thick-walled bamboo, with closed nodes on the bottom end. `Ohe ka eke eke are alternately struck on the ground to make tones. Another instrument using Hawaiian bamboo is the `ohe kani, a type of lap harp.

    High on Maui’s Haleakala’s slopes, above Keanae, is a sacred grove known as Waikamoi. The old stories tell of the Polynesian Goddess Hina planting a stand of `ohe carried by canoe from Tahiti to the sun-blessed mountainsides of Maui.

    As a “canoe” plant, bamboo is today cultivated for greenery in lei and floral arrangements, as a “green privacy screen” and living fence, and more recently, as a sustainable building material. As a construction material, bamboo also known as “vegetable steel” or “miracle grass” has more compressive strength than rock, brick, wood, concrete, and exhibits the tensile strength of steel.

    It is a strange phenomenon that while bamboo is an incredibly strong and durable building material, fabric woven from bamboo fibers is amazingly soft, breathable and comfortable to wear in Hawaii’s tropical climate, or to use as soft and silky smooth bed sheets.

    There are two main types of bamboo found in the islands. Green ‘Bambusa vulgaris’, the larger and most common species mainly used as a timber source, that grows a strong, straight trunk up to three inches around and up to fifty feet tall, and ‘Schizostachyum glaucifolium’ which grows from thirty to forty feet tall and is a more slender plant.

    Hawaiian tropical timber bamboo or clumping bamboos are fast growing, high-oxygen producing, and non-invasive. Hawaiian bamboo is readily propagated by rhizome sections, or culm starts. Integral to the agricultural integrity of the islands, bamboo is a highly treasured renewable and sustainable natural resource. Useful for control of soil erosion, bamboo flourishes in a nutrient-rich moist volcanic soil, in a sunny location.

    New shoots emerge from the ground in the same size diameter as the mature plant stem. As these new shoots appear, they never grow in diameter as they age, but instead grow stronger in the first 3-to-7 years at which point it is a harvestable crop. Tender new shoots are harvested as a food source.

    Whispering Winds Bamboo, located on the Big Island in the rainforest about 12 miles from Hana, Hawaii, advises, “Bamboo is sustainable agriculture. Bamboo is a perennial plant offering a sustained annual harvest, which eliminates the need for yearly re-plowing and re-planting. Once established, a bamboo grove will minimize wind and soil erosion and maximize water retention.” For more`ohe information, or to arrange a tour of the farm, visit WhisperingWindsBamboo.com.

  10. The Pan-Pacific Ho‘olaule‘a – Matsuri Goes Mainstream

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    During the 1970’s, the number of travelers from Japan to the Hawaiian Islands increased dramatically. In 1980, a small group of local Oahu residents, wishing to ensure that the increased interaction between the two cultures would be educational and enjoyable, hosted the first Matsuri.

    In Hawaii, Matsuri (a Japanese word meaning festival) was viewed as a way to enrich the lives of both the audience and participating artists, with a rewarding participatory experience in traditional Japanese culture. Matsuri in Hawaii provided visiting participants from Japan an opportunity to share their art, music, crafts, foods, and traditions with others in the stellar setting of world-famous Waikiki.

    Through Matsuri, Hawaii residents and visitors gained a deeper appreciation of Japanese history, heritage, and cultural sensibilities.

    By showcasing the ancient arts, dance, crafts, and traditional folk music, and bringing world respected Japanese performers to Hawaii, Matsuri acted as a bridge between cultures as visitors and residents participated in block parties, a parade, and the popular bon dance. In 1998, the Oahu celebration of Matsuri expanded to include all of the multiple cultures that make up Hawaii’s rich melting pot and was renamed the Pan-Pacific Ho’olaule’a.

    Pan-Pacific Ho‘olaule‘a

    Today, the Pan-Pacific Ho‘olaule‘a (A festival or gathering to preserve and promote harmonious relationships) a joyous “super-sized” celebration of friendship and goodwill, invites the people of Hawaii and its many visitors from around the globe, to gather in a gala celebration of multi-cultural diversity. Still known locally as Matsuri, the Pan-Pacific Ho’olaule’a, has grown from a small neighborhood event into an international festival highlighting a broad array of people, cultures, and talents from throughout the Pacific Rim.

    At the Pan-Pacific Ho’olaule’a, music and laughter fill the air. Multiple entertainment stages feature cultural performances such as Korean Dance, Japanese Taiko drums, Hula, Hawaiian string guitar artists, and more. Each year the festival showcases a popular headlining entertainer from Hawaii!

    Held annually in mid-June on the beach in Waikiki, the festival is the largest multi-cultural event of its kind in Hawaii and one of the premier cultural celebrations worldwide. Kalakauna Avenue is temporarily closed down to vehicle traffic from Lewers Street to Uluniu Avenue to accommodate the impressive block party.

    Fabulous Food

    Dozens of food vendors offer scrumptious presentations of taste treats from Hawaii, Thailand, Japan, and China. Favorites are Hawaiian roast pork, poi, and shaved ice.

    Arts And Crafts

    Island artists, crafters, and vendors sell unique items reflecting the diversity of the islands.

    Pan-Pacific Hula Festival

    Happening simultaneously at the Hula Mound located on Kuhio Beach near the Diamond Head end of the Ho’olaule’a, the Pan-Pacific Hula Festival draws visitors from around the world. Held under a spectacular banyan tree, just steps from Waikiki Beach, the Pan-Pacific Hula Festivals is a much-anticipated event or both spectators and dancers alike.

    The ancient Hawaiian fine art of hula has gained immense popularity in many countries, especially Japan where there are more than 200,000 dedicated practitioners of the traditional Hawaiian dance. Hawaii, the birthplace of hula, beckons groups who practice all year long or a chance to compete and dance hula in Hawaii.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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