Arts and Culture Calendar (September 2022)

August 31, 2022

This arts and culture calendar features SFCA grantees, partners, and Hawaiʻi state and local government programs and events. Questions regarding a particular opportunity should be directed to the organization listed with the opportunity. Inclusion here should not be interpreted as an endorsement. Highlights from this calendar were also published in the September 2022 SFCA email newsletter.

  • 46th Annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow 2022 at Bishop Museum, September 10-11. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Bishop Museum website:
  • Diamond Head Theatre offers classes for all ages in acting, singing, and dance. For more information, please visit the Diamond Head Theatre website:
  • 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 System present “Try Think”, a thought provoking film and conversation series with films from Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Registration for these virtual events is required and each session is limited to 100 participants. Upcoming online sessions include September 15, “Molokaʻi Bound” (a wayward young man, recently released from prison, struggles to reconnect with his son and Hawaiian heritage), October 20 “Anointed” (Impacts of nuclear weapons tests on the Republic of the Marshall Islands), and  November 17, “Hae Hawaiʻi” (a historical drama about the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy). For a full schedule please visit the State Library website at
  • Hawaiʻi Craftsmen Annual Statewide Exhibition 2022 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
  • Hawaiʻi United Okinawa Association 40th Okinawan Festival September 3 – 4, 2022 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center in Honolulu. For more information, please visit the festival website at
  • Honolulu Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (MoCA) “Recollecting Poi, Pikake and Paniolos” exhibit by Amber Khan, presented by Aupuni Space. Through September 30. For more information, please visit the MoCA website:
  • Hawaiʻi Opera Theatre has announced three mainstage productions for the 2022-2023 season: “The Secret Garden”, “Elixir of Love”, and “Gianni Schicchi”. HOT has also introduced Studio 101, an entertainment venue for ages 21+ in Honolulu, featuring live music, fashion shows, and vocal concerts. For more information, please visit the HOT website:
  • Hawaiian History Month: the Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī Coalition is proud to present the third Hawaiian History Month in 2022! In celebration of Queen Liliʻuokalani’s 184th birthday,Hawaiʻi Ponoʻī is holding five weeks of in-person and virtual events throughout the month of September. Kicking off the month is Queen Liliʻuokalani’s Birthday program on Thursday, September 2, 2022 at 9am with a virtual celebration and later at 4pm with an in-person walking tour and concert. See the full list of events and additional details at
  • Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra Upcoming live events include“Dvorak New World Symphony” October 8-9, “Hapa Symphony” November 5, and“An Evening with David Benoit and Michael Paulo”, November 12. For more information please visit the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra website at
  • 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:
  • Kumu Kahua Theatre “Aloha Las Vegas” by Edward Sakamoto, through  September 25, 2022. “i <3 my AAPI grandparents! a celebration of identity, the performing arts, and ohana” by Sean Choo, September 12 and 13. For more information, please visit the Kumu Kahua Theatre website:
  • Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) Kū Mai Ka Hula competition, September 9-10. Kolohe Kai in concert, Sunday September 11, with special guests Opihi Pickers and Manaʻo Company. For more information, please visit the MACC website:
  • Manoa Valley Theatre presents “Cabaret”, September 8-25, and “The Game’s Afoot, or Holmes for the Holidays” November 17 – December 4. For more information, please visit the MVT 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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