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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Culture & Arts Highlights in Hawai'i



Hawaii’s multi-cultural environment fosters an arts and culture scene that is extraordinary, dynamic and colourful. The following schedule offers some highlights from the various arts and cultural events for the period from October 2009 – December 2009.

On Maui the 4th Annual Maui ‘Ukulele Festival is taking place on October 18. The festival will be celebrating the beloved 'ukulele, the iconic instrument of modern Hawaiian music. The full afternoon line-up of ‘ukulele music features Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winners, Grammy nominees and a mixture of kūpuna players and young rising stars. www.mauiarts.org/oct.html.

Oahu is bringing you the 29th Annual Hawai‘i International Film Festival from October 15 – 25. Established in 1981, the Hawai‘i International Film Festival (HIFF) is dedicated to the advancement of understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film. Last year, this audience-driven film festival attracted over 70,000 movie-lovers, who came to experience the sounds and images of excellent filmmaking from around the world. www.hiff.org.

To get your caffeine fix head to Hawaii's Big Island for the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, November 6 – 15. Since its inception in 1970, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival’s mission has been to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s 180-year coffee heritage. It is Hawai‘i's oldest food festival and the only coffee festival in the United States. This year’s celebration will have nearly 50 events including tastings, art exhibits, cupping competition, farm tours, contests, parades, sporting events, and special events. www.konacoffeefest.com.

The island of Kauai will be holding the Hawaiiaa Festival & Aloha Week from October 18-21. This four-day event will showcase local artisans, cultural demonstrations, workshops and crafts at the annual Grand Hyatt Kauai Hawaiiana Festival. Crafters, cultural demonstrations and entertainment will be held throughout the day along with a Hawaiian style buffet in the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Cultural demonstrations and workshops will be held at various times from the 2oth-22nd. www.gohawaii.com/event?id=10577.

For more information on culture and art events in Hawaii please visit http://arts.pacificnetwork.tv/
To learn more about Hawai’i, the Islands of Aloha, and the great value packages that are available please visit http://www.gohawaii.com/au/
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