OUR MISSION


To build creative lives and communities through education, advocacy and celebration of all the arts in Hawai‘i




STEAM Hawai‘i 2014


Igniting Curiosity and Creativity: Connecting Science & Arts

ARTS FIRST Institute 2014, Igniting Curiosity and Creativity: Connecting Science and Arts, took place on June 10-13, 2014 at Aiea Elementary School. 69 teachers, 7 teaching artists, 5 Interns attended the 5-day institute. Dr. Jamie Simpson Steele and Dr. Lori Fulton, both Assistant Professors with the College of Education, University of Hawai`i at Manoa, presented the morning sessions demonstrating and actively engaging participants in understanding the connections between the arts, science and engineering processes. Afternoon studio sessions were led by master teaching artists Mauli Ola Cook in dance, Daniel Kelin II in drama, Michael Wall in music, and Marcia Pasqua in visual arts. Presenters taught the elements, vocabulary, and specific strategies in these art forms that were integrated with science concepts/curriculum.

View highlights from our 2014 Institute!




PREIS Honors 2014

Henry Akina, Preis Honoree 2014

Hawai‘i Arts Alliance announces its 33rd annual Alfred Preis Honors celebration, to be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Halekulani. Artistic Director of Hawai‘i Opera Theater, Henry Akina, will receive the Alfred Preis Honor for his lifetime support of the arts and arts education in Hawai‘i. Former Preis Honorees, Beebe Freitas and Jean E. Rolles are Honorary Co-Chairs.

Henry Akina is the first Hawaiian-born Artistic Director of Hawai‘i Opera Theatre (HOT) and has served since 1996. He was the principal Stage Director and Manager of the Berlin Chamber Opera, a company he founded in 1981. Read more...

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Chocole’a Supports Hawai‘i Arts Alliance


Hawai‘i Arts Alliance is proud to partner with Chocole'a, a gourmet chocolate company located in Honolulu. Owners Erin Kanno Uehara and Colins Kawai create artisan dark chocolate truffles and treats, made fresh in Hawai‘i using a blend of the finest Hawaiian and European chocolates. With a mission of “bringing peace to our world, one chocolate at a time”, a portion of the sale of every peanut butter Oreo sold at Eden In Love at the Ward Warehouse will be donated to Hawai‘i Arts Alliance.

POW! WOW! Hawai‘i


TED Talk by Kamea Hadar

POW! WOW! Hawai‘i is a gathering of contemporary artists to engage with the broader community in the process and creation of art. In the annual event, local artists interact with artists from around the world at various sites around Honolulu to create art and transform neighborhoods, altering conceptions of contemporary art in an urban environment. POW! WOW! Hawai‘i has also created an art school with over 45 students, developed a music program for children, facilitated panel discussions at the University of Hawai‘i and built a 5,200 sq. foot creative space.

Kamea Hadar, lead director of POW! WOW! Hawai‘i, is featured in this recent TED Talk. Kamea is the youngest board member of the Hawai‘i Arts Alliance.



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