—Sir Robert Sidney Foster at the first South Pacific Festival, 1972

“All eyes will be on Hawaiʻi as it welcomes the breathtaking beauty of Oceania to the Aloha State for a showcase of cultures and the critical issues facing each Pacific Nation—and the world.”

ʻAha Pūkoʻa: Youth Ambassador Program Applications Now Available for Hawaiʻi residents

FESTPAC-Hawaiʻi 2020 is excited to announce it is now accepting applications for its inaugural “ʻAha Pūkoʻa: Youth Ambassador Program,” which focuses on leadership development of youth artists and cultural practitioners.  Hawaiʻi residents between the ages of 16 and 26 are eligible to apply. The Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FESTPAC) will come to Hawaiʻi … Continued

Lifelong Educator Looking Forward To Her Eleventh FESTPAC in 2020

Mary Jo Freshley has been to every Festival of Pacific Arts since 1980 She has photos, slides, videos and t-shirts to help her recall the incredible memories of Festivals of Pacific Arts and Culture that took her to faraway lands she barely knew of, but she doesn’t need to see them to remember the impact … Continued


HONOLULU, HI – The Festival of the Pacific 2020 Commission yesterday voted to have the Hawaiʻi Convention Center as the main venue for the spectacular 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FESTPAC) in June 2020. Twenty-eight nations, and nearly 10,000 delegates and visitors, are expected for this incredible international event. This is the first time it will take place in Hawaiʻi in the festival’snearly 50 year history. FESTPAC, … Continued


Hawaiʻi to Host a Dynamic Festival Comprised of 28 Pacific Nations

NEWS RELEASE HONOLULU, HI – Hawaiʻi will host the monumental 13th Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FESTPAC) for the first time in the event’s nearly 50-year history.  It is the world’s largest celebration of Pacific Islanders. FESTPAC, which is held once every four years, is scheduled for June 10 – 21, 2020. Three-thousand artists, … Continued