Arts and Culture Calendar (August 2022)

July 29, 2022

This arts and culture calendar features SFCA grantees, partners, and Hawaiʻi state and local government programs and events. A shorter list of events is published in the SFCA monthly email newsletter: August 2022 SFCA Newsletter.

Questions regarding a particular opportunity should be directed to the organization listed with the opportunity. Inclusion here should not be interpreted as an endorsement.

  • City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)
    • DPR and the Friends of Honolulu Parks and Recreation present the 81st annual Nā Hula Festival, Sunday August 7, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Kapiʻolani Park Bandstand. This non-competitive hula event is free and family-friendly. For more information, please visit the DPR website:
    • Liliʻuokalani Botanical Garden (Honolulu), Basic Photography Workshop: Portraits, August 13, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free, must register in advance. For more information, please visit the DPR website:
  • Diamond Head Theatre presents “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” through August 7, 2022. For more information, please visit the Diamond Head Theatre website:
  • East-West Center Arts Program and University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa Outreach College, 2022 Asia Pacific Dance Festival, various locations at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa and in Honolulu. August 1 – 14. For more information, please visit the UHM website: Multiple events, including:
    • Hoʻohaliʻa: Stories from Our Kūpuna – A Film Presentation by the Hula Preservation Society. Mission Memorial Auditorium, free and open to the public. Tuesday, August 9, 6:00 p.m.
    • Dance and the Seeking of Justice – Presentation and Discussion with Scholar Toni Shapiro-Phim. Mission Memorial Auditorium, free and open to the public. Wednesday August 10, 5:00 p.m.
    • Festival Welcoming Ceremony. Friendship Circle, East-West Center. Free and open to the public. Friday, August 12, 6:00 p.m.
  • East-West Center 22nd International Graduate Student Conference, February 16-18, 2023: Recovery and Resilience in a Changing World. The East-West Center invites graduate students and recent graduates working in their fields of study from around the world to submit abstracts for the conference (submissions open through September 30, 2022). Learn more on the East-West Center website:
  • Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities and the Hawaiʻi State Public Library: 3rd Thursdays Hawaiʻi and Pacific Short Film Series, online via Zoom. Film screenings start at 6:00 p.m. with a “Try Think” community conversation to follow. For more information, contact Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities: telephone (808) 732-5402 or subscribe to their email newsletter on their website:
  • Hawaiʻi Craftsmen Annual Statewide Juried Exhibition online registration will be open August 1-15; exhibition will be at the Downtown Art Center in Honolulu September 17-October 15 and at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center November 8-December 23. For more information, please visit the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen website,
  • Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui and The Glass Fusion Collective “Surrounded by Water” juried art exhibition, Downtown Art Center (Honolulu), August 2-18, 2023. Online registration begins next year (July 1, 2023). For more information, please contact the Hawaiʻi Handweavers Hui at [email protected] or visit their website at
  • Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (MoCA) Inmate Art Show. July 15 – August 12, 2022 at Honolulu Hale (downtown Honolulu). For more information, please visit the MoCA website: or exhibit information on Eventbrite:
  • Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre has announced three mainstage productions for the 2022-2023 season: “The Secret Garden”, “Elixir of Love”, and “Gianni Schicchi”. For more information, please visit the HOT website:
  • Honolulu Theatre for Youth has announced their upcoming 2022-2023 season, E Hoʻi Hou: Return Anew, featuring a lineup of original shows including “The Paʻakai We Bring” and “In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson.” Learn more on the HTY website:
  • Kahilu Theatre “Patricia Uehara …perceptions…” exhibition of recent works, through August 28, 2022 in the Hāmākua Gallery. For more information, please visit the Kahilu Theatre website:
  • Kumu Kahua Theatre “Aloha Las Vegas” by Edward Sakamoto, August 25 – September 25, 2022. For more information, please visit the Kumu Kahua Theatre website:
  • Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) Kolohe Kai in concert, Sunday September 11, with special guests Opihi Pickers and Manaʻo Company. For more information, please visit the MACC website:
  • Royal Hawaiian Band free lunchtime concerts at Iolani Palace every Friday at noon.  For more information call 808-522-0822 or visit
  • University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa (UHM) Better Tomorrow Speaker Series: incisive conversations on the most important questions of our time. Learn more on the UHM website:
    • September 8, 2022, 6:30 p.m.: Award-winning documentary filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford. Film screening: “Scaling Up: Hawaiʻi’s Food Future”. Location to be determined.
    • Recordings of past presentations are also available on their website, including a recent presentation by 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo:

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