Will you be in Hawaii this weekend? If so, there is a once-in-a-lifetime event happening that you won’t want to miss. The Honolulu Biennial Closing Party is on Saturday, May 6.

Recently, the Honolulu Biennial became the first international contemporary arts festival of its kind in Hawaii. Throughout its two-month launch, the Honolulu Biennial featured the works of many talented local and international artists from the Pacific Islands, Asia, North America, Australia, and New Zealand.

Titled, Middle of Now | Here, the Honolulu Biennial will celebrate its success on May 6. Performances from soul singers, slam poets, local DJs, and cutting-edge influencers in Hawaii’s thriving fashion, arts and music scene will make for an unforgettable evening.

Through the partnership of The Howard Hughes Corporation and the Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF), the inaugural Honolulu Biennial established what is currently the largest art exhibition in Hawaii, a 60,000 square foot space called The Hub located at 333 Ward Avenue.

“In our efforts to continue to grow the Ward Village community, we are proud to celebrate the event’s successful launch and the powerful impact art evokes in bringing community and culture together,” said Todd Apo, Vice President of Community Development at Ward Village. “We believe in the artistic vision of Hawaii and the opportunity to support the inspiring work of native Hawaiian, local and international artists throughout the Pacific.”

Most importantly, the Biennial challenged the notion that Hawaii is a small island “in the middle of nowhere.” On the contrary, the 50th state is a major cultural hub where art and ideas from around the Pacific region are developed and exchanged. Because it covers more than 30 percent of the Earth’s surface, the Pacific is the largest unified living space on the planet. Hawaii serves as a vital cultural bridge between East and West and a meeting point for the diverse communities of the region.

These featured performers will be at the closing celebration on Saturday, May 6 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at The Hub:

• Chalin – soul singer/songwriter/performer
• Slam poetry, moolelo & hip hop featuring Molokai Nui A Hina
• Halau Mele
• MaryAnn Ito – 2015 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner for best B&B Album soul singer/songwriter/performer
• Hula Dancers

Click here to purchase tickets for the opening party and get information about participating food trucks.

The Biennial officially ends on Monday, May 8 and won’t return Honolulu until 2019. However, HBF operates throughout the year. During Biennial off-years, it presents a variety of smaller scale public programs and exhibitions. HBF is already working towards 2019.


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