East-West Fest 2019


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When: Apr 7 2019 - 2:00pm until Apr 7 2019 - 6:00pm
Where: Imin International Conference Center (Jefferson Hall)

A student-led initiative supported by the East-West Center Education Program and a generous gift from Richard H. Cox.

East-West Fest is an annual celebration of the many diverse communities that make up the East-West Center ‘ohana!

This family friendly community event is free and open to the public.

Festival offerings will include cultural booths representing twenty countries and cultures of the Asia Pacific region along with performances of Asia Pacific dance and music. The event will feature headlining acts such as Kenny Endo’s Taiko Center of the Pacific, halau hula Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima, dancers from Gamelan Segara Madu, as well as musical performances from the East-West Center ‘ohana. Also watch out for a diversity of local community arts groups including the spectacular "breakboys and breakgirls" of Keiki Breaks, the vibrant Aaja Nachle Bollywood troupe, and an action-packed performance from 808 Martial Arts!

A centerpiece of the event will be interactive cultural booths created and staffed by the students and scholars of the East-West Center. The booths, representing more than 20 different cultural groups from across the Asia Pacific, will include a wide variety of information and items such as cultural artifacts, traditional dress, music, and video. Booths will also provide engaging activities and an opportunity to speak one-on-one with people from around the globe. Interested families will receive a “keiki passport” as they enter the festival, which young attendees can get stamped for visiting various booths and performing activities and keep as a souvenir of the event.

Food trucks will be on hand to keep festivalgoers energized and satisfied. Local favorite Chamorro Grindz will be returning to the festival again this year, offering hearty plates and combos of food from the island of Guam. They’ll be joined by other trucks such as Govinda, serving vegetarian Indian food and Da Spot, which is famous on the University of Hawai‘i campus for its delicious smoothies.

Be sure to visit the East West Center Gallery's Puppets of Asia exhibition at Burns Hall which will have special extended hours, open from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm (regularly Sundays 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm). In conjunction with the exhibition, the East West Center Gallery will also host a Illustrated Talk titled “Holding Infinity in the Palm, Wayang Potehi: Chinese Glove Puppet Theatre in Indonesia” by Yuan-Hsin Tung,  a PhD Student in Ethnomusicology at UH Mānoa and a EWC Student Affiliate, at 2:00 pm.

Other events, such as a market selling cultural items and festival t-shirts, a caricaturist, and other family-friendly activities, will round out the event, providing a fun and relaxed way to spend an afternoon and learn about the diversity of Asia Pacific cultures in the East-West Center and Honolulu community.

See photos from the 2018 East-West Fest as covered by the Honolulu Advertiser: https://www.staradvertiser.com/2018/04/16/tgif/tgif-photos/east-west-fest-uh-manoa/

We hope you will join us!

Click HERE to view or download the East-West Fest 2019 Program.

Click HERE to view or download the East-West Fest 2019 Flyer.


Primary Contact Info:
Name: Mona Nakihei
Phone: (808)944-7583