Appointed by the Commission on the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC), the Festival Director will act as the Luna Hoʻokō Nui (Director/Highest Executive) of the Festival. The FD is responsible and accountable to the FestPAC Hawaiʻi Commission for the effective planning, coordination, implementation, and execution of the policies and programs of the 2024 Festival of Pacific Arts and Cultures taking place in Hawaiʻi. These will include management of directors and other executive and key team members, program execution, budgeting and financing, venue management, marketing and promotion, community/international relations, administration, reporting, and all compliance with state and county government, and international regulations.


  • Manage, implement and execute the programs and deliverables planned by the 2024 FestPAC Hawaiʻi Commission by articulating its vision, mission and policies.
  • Recruit key positions and individuals to successfully plan, implement and execute the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture “the Festival.”
  • Communicate, coordinate and continuously engage with the Hawaiʻi FestPAC Commission Chair and Vice-Chair, relative to all parts of the Festival.
  • Work with the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Commission to implement the Kuleana Matrix
  • Act with authority as the executive and lead position responsible for executing the Festival.
  • Provide oversight and work closely with the Fund Development Director to ensure that finances, funding, donations, fundraising deliverables and deadlines are met according to targeted goals and plans.
  • Provide regular status reports to the Hawaiʻi FestPAC Commission at each scheduled commission meeting.
  • Cultivate partnerships within the public and private sector, government and nongovernment, to extend the reach of the Commission and ensure that all stake-holders are engaged and working towards the overall success of the Festival.
  • Promote and engage in outreach opportunities to communities and delegations to ensure the integration of Pacific indigenous communities and the overall success of the Festival.
  • Develop and execute a financial plan ensuring that secured funds for the Festival are innovative, robust and diverse.
  • Strive to promote the global visibility of Hawaiʻi and its message to the world.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Hawaiʻi FestPAC Commission and the local community regarding the global visibiltiy the Festival brings to Hawaʻi
  • Be responsible for the effective management of administrative functions, instilling efficiency and financial discipline, and adopting a forward-looking approach to organizational and financial matters to ensure continuity and consistency
  • Effectively plan, manage and implement a multi-faceted large-scale event in partnership with diverse stakeholders including: International, State, and County governments, public/private partners, sponsors, the local community, etc.


  • A deep knowledge and connection with the Hawaiian culture, values, traditions, protocol, history, and language
  • A passion for culture and the arts
  • Demonstrated experience in foreign/state affairs, government relations (international, federal, state, county)
  • Sensitivity and exposure to working with other governments from nations throughout the Pacific
  • Experience with large-scale event venue management in multitude of different facility types including multiple levels of security
  • Ability to manage all permitting, security, and credential management for programming and venue areas
  • Ability to oversee all catering, transportation, and accommodation of all delegates, etc.
  • Ability to manage all VIP and dignitary security, protocol, makana, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to fundraise and manage event budgets
  • Familiarity with legal contracts and government procurement requirements
  • Oversee all marketing, promotion, communication, PR, etc.
  • Working knowledge and experience with protocol (both Hawaiian and international)
  • Responsible for accurate and timely reporting


The FestPAC Commission is recruiting a Festival Director for a 3 year term (with the option for a 6 month extension) to lead the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture June 2024 event. The Festival Director will be based in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi at FestPAC Hawaiʻi Headquarters in the Hawaiʻi Convention Center.

An attractive compensation package will be offered in order to motivate candidates with superior qualifications. The Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture is an equal opportunity employer.

Please submit resume and cover letter to info@nahha.com (only email submissions will be accepted). Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Interviews will be taken for shortlisted candidates only. The vacancy closes at noon, Hawaiʻi Standard Time on October 5, 2021.

For Fiscal year 2021-2022, the Festival Director will be a contracted position with the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association.


  • Bachelors degree ideally in subject areas related to business, international relations, Hawaiian culture, Hawaiian language, OR other pertinent areas of study and either a Masters degree in a related field or a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience to undertake the role in developing and executing an international convention with a proven track record of leadership in the Hawaiian community or international organizations;
  • A thorough understanding of and demonstrated commitment to the Hawaiian culture, history and values;
  • A proven record in the management and implementation of large-scale international conventions and events;
  • A demonstrable ability to engage and operate effectively at the highest policy and political levels in the State of Hawaiʻi and internationally throughout the Pacific;
  • Excellent leadership, written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong communication skills and knowledge of international communication strategies to other Pacific nations including FestPAC participating countries to engage stakeholders;
  • Fluency in English, both spoken and written. A good knowledge of ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and working knowledge of French and/or other FestPAC official languages, would be an asset;
  • Proven diplomatic skills coupled with familiarity and sensitivity to different cultures, genders, Languages and countries and ability to negotiate, build consensus and foster teamwork.

About The Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture (FestPAC)

FestPAC is the largest celebration of indigenous celebration of indigenous Pacific Islanders. Hawaiʻi will feature live performances, cultural workshops, hands-on demonstrations, storytelling and more, including conversations on urgent issues Pacific Islanders face—from rising sea levels to widening social inequality. The Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC) is the world’s largest celebration of indigenous Pacific Islanders. The South Pacific Commission (now The Pacific Community – SPC) launched this dynamic showcase of arts and culture in 1972 to halt the erosion of traditional practices through ongoing cultural exchange. Every four years since, it has been held in a different Pacific Island Nation.

About the Pacific Community (SPC)
The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organization in the Pacific region, proudly supporting development since 1947. It is an international development organization owned and governed by its 26 country and territory members. Guided by a deep understanding of Pacific Island contexts and cultures, the organization works across more than 20 sectors and is renowned for knowledge and innovation in such areas as fisheries science, public health surveillance, geoscience and conservation of plant genetic resources for food

About the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture
The 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture will convene in Hawaiʻi June 6-16, 2024. We envision Oceania united by the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture, grounded in traditional practices, and guided by our ancestral values as we continue to innovate and rise to the challenges of an ever-changing world.

Through hosting the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture, we will strengthen the physical and cultural resilience of our peoples and communities by cultivating connections throughout Oceania to share culture and practices, to learn and grow, to adapt to a changing climate, and to elevate our peoples together.

Ho‘oulu Lāhui: Regenerating Oceania The FestPAC Hawaiʻi Commission falls under the jurisdiction of the Hawaiʻi Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT). The Festival Director position for FY 2021-2022 will be a contractor of the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association.