WHO IS HIPACC?
Hawaii Pacific & Asia Cultural Celebrations (HIPACC) is an umbrella organization for various Hawai'i Island festivals. The festival that will be presented by HIPACC is the Hawai'i Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival.
The vision of this festival is to build a community that promotes honor, respect and unity through cultural principles, helping to restore and bring understanding to the entire 'ohana (family) of their cultural identity and indigenous cultural practices. This festival is a collaboration of generations and cultures creating an event for both residents and visitors, that celebrates the beauty of those ethnicities found on Hawai'i Island. The goal of the festival is to embrace, enhance and steward the cultural heritage of the Pacific and Asia, protecting and perpetuating each culture’s language and providing an experience where indigenous methods of learning and education are showcased.
The festival is a culturally based experience for both local residents and visitors. It is organized as a multi generational effort, including members of the community from all spheres of influence – providing them with a platform to showcase the gifts and talents of those cultures present in Hawai’i.
Presentations of cultural dance expressions, culturally based education programs, food, music, fashion, art and traditional arts & crafts workshops will be held throughout the three-day event. The cultural diversity of Hawai’i will not only attract visitors but also establish an opportunity to bring awareness to the cultural heritage that has been established here in Hawai’i.
This endeavor supports the growth of the local economy, by providing an event that offers opportunities for retail sales, media attention and as an additional visitor attraction that is unique to the state through its entertainment and educational components. The event will also provide cohesion within our community by bringing Pacific and Asian cultures together in order to celebrate the similarities and differences of each culture.
The event will provide a platform to embrace an emerging generation who will gain a greater awareness and pride in their heritage. They will grow to understand the potential they have as individuals because of this new knowledge and they will have a greater appreciation for the indigenous values intrinsic to their culture. Therefore resulting in indivituals who are even more effective in their positive influence on society.
The Hawai'i Kuauli Pacific & Asia Cultural Festival will provide education to the general public about the vast diversity of cultures that reside within the County of Hawai’i. This newly acquired knowledge, received throughout the event will give individuals a greater understanding and appreciation of this island. In addition, it will contribute in developing unity among our community and within families. Attendees will begin to see the strengths and beauty in our differences.