FESTPAC Hawaiʻi will be based at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center in Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu, but there will be venues across the island. The eye-catching opening ceremonies will take place at the historic ʻIolani Palace in the heart of Honolulu. The festival village will be open daily on the Ala Wai Promenade, just behind the Convention Center, and the closing ceremonies will take place at Kapiʻolani Park. A number of historic and iconic locations will open their grounds as venues, including Kawaiahaʻo Church, Bishop Museum, Polynesian Cultural Center, Helumoa at Royal Hawaiian Center, Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art and more. Many events, meetings and demonstrations will be held throughout the Convention Center, as well.
Bishop Museum is “Hawaiʻi’s Museum” and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific. It was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. Today, it is recognized worldwide for its cultural collections, research, public education programs and consulting services. Since its opening, Bishop Museum continues to inspire the Hawaiʻi community and visitors through the exploration, celebration and perpetuation of the history, culture and environment of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. For a map of the museum campus, click here and scroll to the bottom right of the page.
Hawaiʻi Convention Center
The Hawaiʻi Convention Center is conveniently located at the edge of Waikīkī, close to a number of hotels and restaurants, as well as Ala Moana Center and Ala Moana Beach Park. Its magnificent design blends island ambience, aloha spirit and culture with state-of-the-art technology in a dynamic and beautiful way. For an interactive map of the facility, click here.
Hawaiʻi State Art Museum
The Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM) has some of the best exhibits of contemporary art from across Hawaiʻi and looks forward to helping FESTPAC Hawaiʻi showcase Hawaiʻi’s cultural traditions on a global stage. In celebration of FESTPAC 2020, HiSAM will feature a curated exhibition focusing on little known Hawaiian traditional artforms like hula kiʻi (traditonal Hawaiian puppetry), ulana ‘ie (basketry weaving), ‘ukeke (traditional Hawaiian stringed instruments), cordage and hulu (feather work). The museum will also provide cultural programming including live performances from local hālau and visiting delegations. Click here for a map and more information.
Helumoa at Royal Hawaiian Center
Helumoa at Royal Hawaiian Center showcases true Hawaiian hospitality, inviting kamaʻāina (local) and malihini (visiting) guests to explore the history and heritage of Hawaiʻi and Royal Hawaiian Center. Helumoa, the name of the are where the center now stands, was once home to Hawaiʻi’s aliʻi (royalty). The center is also home to the Royal Grove of mature palm trees, which pay homage to the original grove of thousands of trees that once stood on that spot.
Honolulu Museum of Art
The Honolulu Museum of Art, originally called Honolulu Academy of Arts, opened to the public in 1927. The land where the museum stands was donated by the Cooke family. In her dedication statement, Anna Rice Cooke said,“That our children of many nationalities and races, born far from the centers of art, may receive an intimation of their own cultural legacy and wake to the ideals embodied in the arts of their neighbors….that Hawaiians, Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Northern Europeans and all other people living here, contacting through the channel of art those deep intuitions common to all, may perceive a foundation on which a new culture, enriched by the old strains may be built in the islands.” The museum’s permanent collection has more than 50,000 pieces spanning 5,000 years. To get directions to the museum, click here.
ʻIolani Palace, site of the Opening Ceremonies for FESTPAC Hawaiʻi, was home to the last reigning monarchs of Hawaiʻi. Built in 1882, by King Kalākaua, it served as the official residence of Hawaiʻi’s leaders and was a spectacular venue for official functions and visits by dignitaries and luminaries from around the world. ʻIolani Palace was a forerunner when it came to technology in Hawaiʻi, including the first electric lights, indoor plumbing and a telephone. In 1895, Hawaiʻi’s beloved Queen Liliʻuokalani was arrested there and imprisoned in a palace bedroom for months.
Located at the base of Lēʻahi, also known as Diamond Head, Kapiʻolani Park is the perfect location for the Closing Ceremonies of FESTPAC Hawaiʻi. The 160 acre park is the largest public park in Hawaiʻi, and the second oldest. It was established by King Kalākaua in honor of his wife, Queen Kapiʻolani in 1877. Click here for a map of Kapiʻolani Park.
Keʻehi Lagoon Beach Park
Keʻehi Lagoon Beach Park is located near Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu and is a popular spot for paddlers, making it the perfect location to welcome the waʻa from participating FESTPAC nations. To get directions to the park, click here.
Polynesian Cultural Center
Polynesian Cultural Center in Laʻie showcases the people and island nations of Hawaiʻi, Samoa, Aotearoa, Fiji, Tahiti, Tonga and the Marquesas. It also has a Rapa Nui exhibit featuring seven hand-carved moai (stone statues). The center aims to preserve and portray the spirit, culture and people of Polynesia to the world. The village houses throughout the center were built and designed by skilled artisans using original materials from across the South Pacific. When the Polynesian Cultural Center first opened in 1963, it was hard to fill the amphitheater. Today, the venue has more than quadrupled in size. To date, more than 37 million visitors have been educated and entertained at the Polynesian Cultural Center. You can find driving directions here, as well as a map of the center.