Arts and Culture Calendar (November 2023)

November 1, 2023
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This arts and culture calendar features SFCA grantees, partners, and Hawaiʻi state and local government programs and events. Some calendar items are featured in the SFCA email newsletter. Questions regarding a particular program or event should be directed to the organization listed with the opportunity. Inclusion here should not be interpreted as an endorsement.

Workshops and Classes

  • Capitol Modern with Kaiser Permanente and RISE UP Arts in Healing workshop, Wednesday November 15, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. In-person event, registration required. For more information and to register, please visit the Capitol Modern website:
  • Mānoa Heritage Center Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke Workshops. “Etching and Natural Chlorophyll Printing on Leaves” Saturday November 4, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. These workshops are supported in part by grant funding from the SFCA. For more information and to register, please visit the MHC website:
  • Ke Kumu Hawaiʻi ʻieʻie weaving (Hawaiian basketry) workshops at the Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center (Makawao, Maui), November 28-29 and December 2-3, 2023. For more information, please visit the Ke Kumu Hawaiʻi website:
  • US Small Business Administration (SBA) (Hawaiʻi Pacific Islands)
    • Starting a Small Business in Hawaiʻi online webinar, Wednesday November 15, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Register on the SBA website:

Art Exhibitions

  • Bishop Museum “Project Banaba” exhibition
    • Exhibition opening: “Celebrating Project Banaba: Tribute to Teresia Teaiwa” Friday November 3, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. To mark the opening of the exhibition “Project Banaba”, artists, poets, and dancers come together to pay tribute to Teresia Teaiwa, whose groundbreaking work in Pacific Island Studies was a foundational inspiration for artist Katerina Teaiwa and the exhibition co-curators.
    • Conversation and Tour with Katerina Teaiwa, Pelenise Alofa, and Tammy Tabe, Saturday November 4, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    • For more information, please visit the Bishop Museum website:
  • State of Hawaiʻi Department of Education “Artist Teacher” exhibit at Capitol Modern, November 1 – 24, 2023. Ground floor café space. For more information, please visit the SFCA news page:
  • Donkey Mill Art Center “The ʻĀina Speaks” exhibit, featuring portraits of Hawaiʻi Island farmers, ‘āina practitioners, and cultivators who work intimately with the land. November 4 – December 16, 2023 at the Donkey Mill Art Center (Holualoa, Hawaiʻi Island). Opening reception November 4, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Artist and Farmer Talk Story and Potluck Brunch November 12, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. For more information, please visit the Donkey Mill Art Center website:
  • Downtown Art Center “Artists of Hawaiʻi 2023November 3 – 25, 2023. For more information, please visit the Downtown Art Center website:
  • East Hawaiʻi Cultural Center (EHCC) “Haili Moe” through November 24, 2023 curated by Kanani Daley, featuring artworks by Nanea Lum, Mahina Choy-Ellis, Ciara Leina‘ala Lacy, Allison Leialoha Milham, Dr. Jamaica  Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Kumu Pōlani Kahakalau-Kalima Hālau Hula Kauluola. For more information please visit the EHCC website:
  • East-West Center Art Gallery (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa) “Storyboards of Palau: Artistry, Influence, Impact” gallery exhibition October 29, 2023 – January 7, 2024.
    • Opening reception Sunday, October 29, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    • Storyboard carving demonstrations by artist-in-residence Darwin “Ling” Inabo, Monday October 30, Friday November 3, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. daily
    • Presentation: “How to Carve a Palauan Storyboard” by artist-in-residence Darwin “Ling” Inabo, with introduction by Jerome Feldman, Emeritus Professor of Art History at Hawaiʻi Pacific University. Sunday, November 5, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    • Artist Panel: “Traditional Palauan Arts and Stories in Contemporary Contexts” with Kalany Omengkar, Elsei Tellei, and Anthony Watson, moderated by curator Margo Vitarelli. Sunday December 3, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
    • ʻOhana Day: family-friendly demonstrations and hands-on activities, Sunday January 7, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    • For more information, please visit the East-West Center website:
  • First Hawaiian Center gallery at First Hawaiian Bank (downtown Honolulu) “Elements” exhibit with Kamran Samimi, Kalani Largusa, Lonny Tomono through December 2, 2023.
  • Capitol Modern (Hawaiʻi State Art Museum) current exhibits “Accession: new additions to the Art in Public Places Collection”, “Fear of the Unknown” and “Creatures and Characters”. First Friday all-ages art and music event November 3, 6-9 p.m., The Vibe live all-ages music event Friday November 10, 6-9 p.m., More information on the State Art Museum website calendar:
  • Mālama Wao Akua 2023 exhibit at the Hui Noʻeau Visual Arts Center (Makawao, Maui) in collaboration with East Maui Watershed Partnership through November 3, 2023. Juried art exhibit celebrating the native species of Maui Nui. For more information, please visit the Hui Noʻeau website:
    • Talk Story Thursdays at Hui Noʻeau in conjunction with the exhibit, a different industry leader from the field of conservation will be hosted.
    • November 2, 5:00 p.m. Dr. Arthur Medeiros, Program Manager for Auwahi Restoration Project
  • Kauaʻi Society of Artists, KSA Gallery.
    • “Small Works Show” November 18-January 5, 2024
  • Leeward Community College (Pearl City, Oʻahu): “Ghosts of War” art exhibit October 28-December 30, 2023. For more information, please visit the Leeward Community College website:
  • Wailoa Arts Center 2023 Exhibits (Hilo, Hawaiʻi Island)
    • “15th Annual Hawaiʻi Nei” November 3 – December 14, 2023
  • University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa Department of Art and Art History
    • “Jean Charlot as Critic: Art in Hawaiʻi, 1950-1970” through December 3, 2023 at the John Young Museum of Art.
    • Learn more on the UHM Art and Art History Department website:
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program “Marine and Coastal Scientists as Artists” art exhibit at the ARTS at Marks Garage (Honolulu). Featuring 31 artists across 8 universities and colleges in Hawaiʻi. Opening reception Friday November 3, 6:00 p.m.

Performances and Presentations

  • Bishop Museum After Hours: “E Hō Mai Ka ʻIke” – a special Museum After Hours that brings together multiple generations of chanters from diverse practices and experiences to pay tribute to Aunty Edith Kanakaʻole’s significant influence on the practice of oli in Hawaiʻi today. Friday, November 17, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Hawaiʻi State Public Library System free events at public libraries include storytime, crafting, and music performances. Learn more about public library events on the Hawaiʻi State Public Library System website: Below are just a few of the free events and presentations happening this month:
    • Year of the Kāhuli: celebrating Hawaiʻi’s native land snails presentation at Makawao Public Library (Maui) by the State Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Forestry and Wildlife Division. October 4, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
    • Family Storytime at the Waiʻanae Public Library (Oʻahu) storytime where we read books, sing, dance, and make crafts. Aimed at ages 3-5; all ages welcome. October 14, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
    • “Under the Blue” Honolulu Theatre for Youth free theatrical performance at Kealakekua Public Library (Hawaiʻi Island) October 17, 1:30 – 2:10 p.m.
  • Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra (HSO) upcoming concerts include “Earth Cry” November 5, “HapaSymphony: Na Leo Pilimehana” December 2 and “Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony” December 3. For more information, please visit the HSO website:
  • Royal Hawaiian Band free lunchtime concerts at ʻIolani Palace every Friday at noon.  For more information call 808-522-0822 or visit
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center for Biographical Research Brown Bag Biography Talks
    • “Anarchives: How We Remember Our Political Movement is Part of the Movement” Kathy E. Ferguson, Professor, Departments of Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. November 2, 12:00 – 1:15 p.m., Kuykendall 410.
    • Some events are streamed online and/or recorded. For more information, please visit the Center for Biographical Research website:
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Kennedy Theatre
    • The Maiden Benten and the Bandits of the White Waves April 19-20 and 26-28, 2024. A popular kabuki play, The Maiden Benten and the Bandits of the White Waves, commonly known as Benten Kozō, features five distinctive thieves with a mastery of masquerade, and a command of language from the gutter to the poetically sublime. Together with a full array of colorful kabuki characters, their schemes and back stories lead to shocking revelations, surprising reunions, startling twists and ultimately result in the realization that one cannot escape karma—though in meeting it, one need not abandon spectacle or beauty.  
    • For more information, please visit the Kennedy Theatre website:
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College, World Performance Series

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