The world’s largest celebration of indigenous Pacific Islanders is ready to return in 2024 on the Competition of Pacific Arts & Tradition, or FestPAC, in Hawaii.
FestPAC is held each 4 years, however because of Covid-19 the thirteenth FestPAC scheduled for 2020 was postponed.
The earlier occasion was hosted by Guam in 2016.
Pacific Group, the organisers of the occasion, stated the competition has been an necessary venue for the perpetuation of Pacific arts and cultures for greater than 4 a long time.
“It has developed into a novel discussion board the place cultural sharing and studying has enhanced the appreciation of Pacific arts and tradition and information of the area,” it stated.
Council of Pacific Arts and Tradition (CPAC) chair Mapuana DeSilva stated Hawaii first participated in FestPAC in 1976 and has despatched a delegation to each competition since then.
DeSilva stated Hawaii has been hosted in nice methods by all the international locations they visited.
She stated FestPAC 2024 in June was their flip to return the favour to their Pacific cousins.
“It is extremely necessary for Hawaii to host the thirteenth FestPAC, not simply to reciprocate the love and the generosity of all these international locations which have hosted up to now, however it’s our kuleana…our duty to our personal individuals, our elders, our values, our cultures,” she stated.
“We’re a state in the midst of the Pacific, and it’s time for us to face up and be proud and share who we’re with everybody who’s coming to FestPAC in 2024,” she stated.
The Pacific Group stated FestPAC 2024 will function stay performances, cultural workshops, movie, storytelling and extra.
It added the gathering can even underscore pressing points dealing with Pacific Islanders corresponding to rising sea ranges, the threats to coral reefs and widening social inequality.
FestPAC can be held from June 6 to 16, 2024.