Aloha Festivals and a lot more, Honolulu, Hawaii
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Art and culture is everywhere and anywhere in Hawaii. This cosmopolitan community of islands continually celebrates its Polynesian heritage and multi-ethnic diversity. Yet, residents and visitors can also enjoy a world-class symphony, opera, live theater, and seemingly countless cultural events, featuring the annual statewide Aloha Festivals during September.
Fine art and the hand-crafted arts of the islands are found in museums, galleries, hotel lobbies, and parks statewide. Music-lovers can always find a rich selection of live entertainment to choose from in theaters, malls, showrooms, and restaurants.
Performing arts theaters abound statewide, playing host to productions from around the world and showcasing local artists. Honolulu’s Diamond Head Theater is America's third oldest community theater. The venerable playhouse celebrated its 90th birthday in 2005 with a season of Broadway-quality shows.
But no elements of Hawaii are more closely identified with its cultural traditions than the melodic Hawaiian music and beautiful dance of hula.
Local musical artists continue to attract new fans nationwide, as they meld together the musical traditions of yesterday with the contemporary songs of today. Just how far has Hawaiian music come? It’s now a category for the Grammy Awards.
Hula, with its graceful storytelling told through hands and hips, is a favorite of everyone. Performances and competitions take place throughout the year, highlighted by the world’s largest and most prestigious hula event: The Merrie Monarch Festival.
Staged in Hilo town on Hawaii’s Big Island, the festival is literally three days and nights of the very best that hula has to offer, with hula halau (schools) from all islands performing everything from the most traditional to the most modern of dances.
To experience the full impact of Hawaii's artistic and cultural splendor, visit during the Hawaii Arts Season, which runs from late February to mid-May and offers more than 100 events on each of the major islands. Winter and spring is always an ideal time to visit, but the Hawaii Arts Season is one more great reason to come experience the “Islands of Aloha”.
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