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About the Festival

The Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FESTPAC) is the world’s largest celebration of indigenous Pacific Islanders, drawing artists, cultural practitioners, scholars and officials from member nations of the Pacific Community (SPC). FESTPAC is held every four years in a different Pacific Island nation, and Hawaiʻi is honored to host this dynamic showcase of Oceanic arts and culture from June 10 – 21, 2020.

FESTPAC-Hawaiʻi 2020 will feature live performances, cultural workshops, hands-on demonstrations, film, storytelling and more, exemplifying the diversity of traditional and contemporary arts and culture across Oceania. The event will also underscore the urgent issues Pacific Islanders face – from  rising sea levels and the death of coral reefs to widening social inequality – as a way to illuminate our path toward the future. 

Festival History

Launched in 1972 by the South Pacific Commission (now Pacific Community), the festival seeks to halt the erosion of traditional practices through ongoing cultural exchange and to strengthen relationships between the nations of Oceania.

FESTPAC’s 27 member nations are: American Samoa, Aotearoa, Australia, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Hawaiʻi, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn, Rapa Nui, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna. Hawaiʻi has also invited the indigenous peoples of Taiwan to FESTPAC-Hawaiʻi 2020.

For more information on member nations, go here.

Festival Theme

“E kū i ka hoe uli”

Take hold of the steering paddle
(Steer your own course)

The theme of FESTPAC-Hawaiʻi 2020, “E kū i ka hoe uli “ (Take hold of the steering paddle), comes from a prophetic chant that warns of turbulent changes on the horizon. Today, the chant exhorts indigenous people to reclaim the right to steer our own course, now and into the future.

Festival Logo

The FESTPAC-Hawaiʻi 2020 logo designed by Native Hawaiian artist Shane Pale is inspired by the Kumulipo, the Hawaiian creation chant. The logo features the peʻa (canoe sail) and ʻuku koʻakoʻa (coral polyp), symbolizing the voyaging prowess of Pacific Islander kūpuna (ancestors) and the shared belief that the ocean connects all Oceanic peoples.

Countdown to FESTPAC 2020 Opening Day