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People & Places

Johanna Levinius, editor

Arts with aloha: O‘ahu’s fine and performing arts come full circle

After an overcast summer in northern Europe, the familiar, sunny First Friday side streets of downtown Honolulu were a pleasant change. Smiling, pleasant people, a bevy of shops and eateries diverse enough to satisfy a United Nations conference, and a growing number of substantial art galleries. In the windows at The Arts at Marks, on the corner of Nu‘uanu at Pau‘ahi, and in galleries up and down arteries and side streets, an intriguing body fine art by new and evolving artists pushing the envelope, seducing viewers to enjoy the pursuit of truth and beauty. [More]


Katja Silverå

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IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre

Inventing a new blend of entertainment for Island events and nightclubs, IONA Contemporary Dance Theatre is dedicated to the creation and performance of innovative dance/theatre works providing messages and imagery that can transform viewers perceptions and values. [More]


An IONA dancer recreates a Chinese Lantern.

Photo by Carl Hefner

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TheARTS at Marks Garage

The ARTS at Marks Garage is a key community project of the Hawai‘i Alliance for Arts Education intended to transform, through the the power of the arts. It was created with a grant from the City and County of Honolulu in 2001 to be an incubator arts enterprise program, and it is affiliated with the national Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network in Washington D.C. [More]


Geoff Lee glass, part of the Hawai ‘i Glass Artists exhibition at TheARTS at Marks.

Courtesy TheARTS at Marks

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Bernice Pa‘uahi Bishop Museum Bernice Pa‘uahi Bishop Museum

Recognized throughout the world for its research projects, public educational programs, consulting services and cultural collections, the Bishop Museum is the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, Hawai‘i’s largest museum, and home to one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. [More]


Oct. 1-Nov. 26: The Bishop Museum features Singgalot and Sentenaryo, two exhibits celebrating 100 Years of Filpinos in American and in Hawai‘i. Below: a baby triceratops has been a popular recurring science exhibit.

Photos courtesy Bishop Museum

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Kumu Kahua Theatre

Kumu Kahua, or “Original Stage,” is dedicated to producing “Plays about life in Hawai‘i, plays by Hawai‘i’s playwrights, plays for Hawai‘i’s people.” This year Kumu Kauhua Theatre celebrates its 36th year with both premiere productions and popular revivals in its intimate 100-seat performance space in the historic Kam V Post Office building at 46 Merchant St. in downtown Honolulu. [More]


In Kumu Kahua’s recent production of Edward Sakamoto’s Mahalo Las Vegas “California” Harry, left (Allen Okubo) checks out the bling on the finger of his date Violet Tamburano as, in the background, Wally Fukuda (Dann Seki) and Polly Morehouse (Sylvia Hormann-Alper) dance the night away .

Photo by Brad Goda

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Hawaii Theatre Centre

Built in 1922 by Consolidated Amusements of Honolulu, Hawai‘i Theatre, the “Pride of Pacific” opened as a showplace for silent films, plays, vaudeville and music. It was used as a popular grand movie palace from the 1930s to 1984 when it fell into disrepair and was abandoned by Consolidated. [More]

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