Beginning February 27, 2004 and continuing through to May 2, 2004 a celebration of arts culminates in one exciting season and the Island of O‘ahu is at the heart of the festivities. The best of the East and West come together for a spectacular season of arts and culture in a way that only Hawaii can provide.

Performing Arts

Hawaii’s Opera Theatre presents The Merry Widow February 27-March 4, 2004, the final production of the season, Mozart’s at the Neil Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu. For complete details on this performance, the entire season, and historic information on HOT visit www.hawaiiopera.org Media contact: Julianna LaReaux at (808) 262-0687 or via e-mail at jla@hawaii.rr.com

The Honolulu Festival, showcasing the Japanese Culture in Hawaii celebrates its 10th anniversary from March 5-7, 2004. Performers and artists from Japan travel to O‘ahu to participate in this annual festival. For more information on the upcoming festival visit www.honolulufestival.com or contact the Honolulu Festival Foundation at (808) 926-2424.

CHI showcases the combination of martial arts, acrobatics and the ancient art and life force of “chi” in a dazzling circus inspired production from Beijing playing Honolulu and the neighbor islands from March 11-21, 2004. Enchanting music, stage design and spectacular lighting only add to the phenomenal gymnasts, dancers, tumblers and jugglers who display the delicate blend of intense strength, balance and profound spirituality. For more details visit www.ArtsLinkHawaii.org

Canada’s most traveled cultural ambassador brings Ballet Jazz de Montreal, March 13, 2004 to Leeward Community College. Imagine the elegant movements of ballet set to the rhythm and emotion of jazz for an intriguing experience not to be missed. For more information visit http://lcctheatre.hawaii.edu/

Baaba Maal will perform on April 10, 2004 at the University of Hawaii’s Andrew’s Amphitheatre. His African music is said to be passionate, simple and complex, chilled and intense, traditional and contemporary. For details on this performance visit www.ArtsLinkHawaii.org

The Honolulu Symphony, kicks off it’s Master Works Season with supreme interpreter of the classical flute, Sir James Galway, March 19 & 21, 2004, masterful virtuoso violinist, Tamaki Kawakubo, March 26 & 28, 2004 and a vocal composition where music, words, and movement work together to produce “total theatre.”Carmina Burana, April 2 & 4, 2004. Media Contact: Susanne Lee at (808) 524-0815, ext.231. For upcoming performances and detailed information visit

World-renown Exhibitions

The Honolulu Academy of Arts (808) 532-8700, Hawaii’s only general fine arts museum will present Japan and Paris: Impressionism, Postimpressionism, and the Modern Era, April 8-June 6, 2004 a landmark exhibition of paintings by European and Japanese Modernists. The Academy will be the only venue anywhere in the world to host this exhibit! It is also the first time a major exhibition of works from the Impressionist era will be shown in Honolulu.
Media Contact: Charlie Aldinger, (808) 532-8712

The Contemporary Museum (808) 526-1322, Hawaii’s only museum devoted to contemporary art located at the historic Spalding estate presents the works of internationally acclaimed Montana sculptor Deborah Butterfield May 21-July 25, 2004. This exhibit will showcase 16 of her magnificent horse sculptures on loan from her personal collection that have rarely been shown in public. Media Contact: Marie Carvalho (808) 526-1322 ext.31.

The University of Hawaii Art Gallery recognized as one of the finest temporary exhibition facilities in the nation with its installation design that is completely changed for each major exhibition to enhance the specific theme has been selected as one of only six international museums chosen to host Chinese Ceramics Today, January 18-February 13, 2004. Featuring the work of more than 20 contemporary Chinese artists the theme of this exhibit will illustrate the struggle between tradition and contemporary expression that Chinese ceramics experience in the current international art world. Media Contact: Sharon Tasaka (808) 956-6888.

Free Performances & Exhibits

* The Royal Hawaiian Band performs free concerts on the lawn at Iolani Palace every Friday beginning February 27-April 30, 2004.
* February-May 2004, Hawaii’s premier performing artists will be featured one Saturday per month at the Hawaii State Art Museum (808) 586-9959.
Admission to HiSam is free of charge.
* The Hawaii Watercolor Society displays their inspirational works from April 4-April 30, 2004 at The ARTS at Marks Garage.
* Tennent Art Foundation Gallery (808) 531-1987 Features a large collection of the work of the late Madge Tennent, one of Hawaii’s most beloved painters of native Hawaiian women. Guided Tours and lectures available.
* Hawaiian Ethnic Art Museum (808) 638-7841 Located on O‘ahu’s North Shore, Sunset Beach showcasing indigenous art and the Maui Loa rock image collection.
* North Shore Surf and Cultural Museum (808) 637-8888 portrays history of surfing on the North Shore of O‘ahu

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