HONOLULU -- The
second Hawaii Arts Season, a period set aside to celebrate the arts
and cultural events on all six major islands, will run from Feb. 25
to May 1.
An initiative of
the Hawaii Tourism Authority, supported by the Hawaii Visitors and
Convention Bureau, the idea may have been new in 2004, but the
activities being promoted were not, according to Jay Talwar of the
There is always a
lot going on, but it has not always been easy for visitors to
connect to it, Talwar said.
He cited as an
example the First Friday event near Chinatown, where local
galleries display their Hawaiian artwork.
would attract local residents who walk up and down the street
visiting the galleries, but for a visitor, it is the kind of
experience that enriches a vacation, he said.
To assist travel
agents and visitors find the entities taking part in the Hawaii
Arts Season, the HVCB features the promotion on its Web site at www.gohawaii.com, and the visitor industry and arts
venues work together to create packages that include arts-related
tours and events.
are planned for 2005, according to Tim Bostock, managing director
of the Hawaii Arts Season.
This years Hawaii
Arts Season drew some 110 arts organizations and presenters in more
than 150 performances and exhibitions.
The season, which
lasted 66 days in 2004 year, has been expanded to 80
Our task is to have
the arts be on the top of visitors minds both before they arrive
and during their stay, Bostock said.
Hawaiian arts programs throughout all of the Islands will make up
the 2005 program, according to the HVCB.
reporter Felicity Long, send e-mail to [email protected].