Arts and Culture Calendar (May 2022)

May 2, 2022
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This arts and culture calendar features SFCA grantees, partners, and Hawaiʻi state government programs and events. 

  • Chamber Music Hawaii Tresemble, 5/21 University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa Orvis Auditorium and 5/23 Palikū Theatre at Windward Community College (Kāneʻohe). World premiere by Leilehua Lanzilotti 5/28 at Lahaina Noon, “Sky Gate” sculpture at Honolulu Hale. For more information and tickets, please visit the Chamber Music Hawaii website:  
  • Diamond Head Theatre presents the Broadway hit “Waitress” 5/27 – 6/12/2022. For more information, please visit the Diamond Head Theatre website:
  • Hawaiʻi Craftsmen A joint exhibition of the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen’s Raku Hoʻolauleʻa event and the Hawaiʻi Craftsmen’s Fiber Hawaiʻi program has been rescheduled. The Fiber Hawaiʻi exhibit will proceed (June 8 – July 1, 2022, at the Downtown Art Center in Honolulu). Raku Hoʻolauleʻa event has been postponed to March 2023. 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 July 1, 2023. For more information, please contact the Hawaiʻi Handweavers Hui at [email protected] or visit their website at .  
  • Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) 2022 Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall (Kāneʻohe, Oʻahu) June 11, 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 2022 Hawaiʻi Steel Guitar Showcase, Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival: July 11-16, 2022, Royal Hawaiian Center (Waikīkī, Oʻahu). For more information, please visit the HIMELE website:
  • The Hawaiʻi State Public Library offers free access to Mango Languages online language learning software. Languages include ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Brazilian Portuguese, and Tagalog. For more information, visit their website (go to the Learn tab and look under Online Classes):  
  • Hawaiʻi Triennial 2022 through May 8, 2022, multiple locations. Visit the Hawaiʻi Contemporary website:
  • Hawaii Symphony Orchestra presents “Hapa Symphony with Raiatea Helm” at the Hawaiʻi Theatre (Honolulu), 5/13. The HSO presentation of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert” has been moved to 6/17, 6/18, and 6/19 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall (Honolulu). For information and ticket purchasing, please visit the HSO website:
  • Honolulu Museum of Art free visits and self-guided tours for students on class assignments may be scheduled on the museum’s website:  
  • King Kamehameha Celebration Committee applications for King Kamehameha Celebration events are now available on the SFCA website: 
  • Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) “O Kalani” exhibition at the Schaefer International Gallery, through June 18. Featuring artworks by Sean Kekamakupaʻaikapono Kaʻonohiokalani Lee Loy Browne and Imaikalani Kalahele. Observe and Play Family Day May 7; view and explore activities and art making for all ages (free). For more information, please visit the MACC website:   
  • University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa Department of Art and Art History  
  • University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa Center for the Humanities and Civic Engagement: Hoʻokaiāulu Public Humanities in the Pacific Speaker Series showcases inspiring individuals who are actively engaged in the public humanities, understood as the humanities, arts, and culture in the public domain. All speakers are currently pursuing or have already earned a PhD and their public humanities work is focused in the Pacific. These one-hour conversations are livestreamed for the public. They are co-hosted by UH Mānoa Associate Professor of English, Craig Santos Perez and UH Mānoa Associate Professor of American Studies, Brandy Nālani McDougall. This speaker series is sponsored by the Mānoa Center for the Humanities and Civic Engagement (MCHACE) and the Mellon Foundation American Council of Learned Societies Scholars and Society Fellowship. Previously livestreamed conversations will be made available as recordings. Learn more on the Center’s website:
  • May 3, 2:00 p.m.: Aiko Yamashiro, coeditor of Value of Hawaiʻi 3: Hulihia (UH Press, 2021), and executive director of Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities. 
  • University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa Outreach College Statewide Cultural Extension Program (SCEP) online performances and presentations by local artists, supported by funding from the SFCA. May 20, 7:30 p.m.: Tyler Ramos, piano. This event will be both in-person at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa Orvis Auditorium and online. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the SCEP website:

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