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Kapiʻolani Community College hosts its 31st annual International Festival March 12–14. The festival features guest speakers, music, dance, art, films, literature and poetry to showcase the diversity of international cultures worldwide. Kapiʻolani CC’s International Festival is the longest running international event on UH campuses.

All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 12

  • 9:15 a.m., Kopiko 127B and 128: There’s something funny about climate change with guest speaker Peterson Toscano
  • 9:15 a.m., Lama Library: A literary reading and talk with guest speaker Alani Apio
  • 10:45 a.m., Lama Library: Hula Kiʻi, the art of Hawaiian puppetry with guest speaker Auliʻi Mitchell
  • 11 a.m., ʻŌhiʻa tent: Music is our passion, music is life, presented by the Kapiʻolani CC Synthesizer Ensemble
  • 12:15 p.m., Lama Library: Cantonese opera “Fragrant Sacrifice” performed by Albert and Lisa Au
  • 1 p.m., Lama Library: Film screening of “Leitis in Waiting”
  • 6:30 p.m., Olona 201: International film night
poster at the international festival
dancers at the international festival

Wednesday, March 13

  • 9:15 a.m., Lama Library: The loss of a language with guest speakers Leah Pappas and Olivia Biarchini
  • 9:55 a.m., Lama Library: Indigenous languages in Malaysia with guest speaker Katherine Strong
  • 11 a.m., ʻŌhiʻa tent: “Ukulele Soul” performed by Karlie Goya
  • 11:30 a.m., Lama Library: Poster session on indigenous languages
  • 12:15 p.m., Olona 202: “This is Your Brain on K-pop” with guest speaker Patrick Patterson
  • 1:30 p.m., Lama Library: Biocultural documentation, linguistics meets ethnobotany with guest speakers Mike Ross and Gary Holton
  • 2:30 p.m., Lama Library: “We Still Live Here,” a Nutayunean documentary
  • 6:30 p.m., Olona 201: International film night

Thursday, March 14

  • 9:15 a.m., Lama Library: “The Linguistics,” a documentary film
  • 10:45 a.m., Lama Library: Nalu i ka mauli ola, being an indigenous-serving institution with guest speakers Mark Kunimune, Lisa Kobuke, Porscha dela Fuente, Kelli Brandvold and Brian Furuto
  • 11 a.m., Lama Library: Ethnomusicology, a world of music presented by Beryl Yang and music 107 students
  • 11 a.m., Great lawn: Pi day hosted by Engineers for a Sustainable World
  • 11:45 a.m., ʻŌhiʻa tent: Dances of the Middle East performed by Middle Eastern Dance Artists of Hawaiʻi
  • 6:30 p.m., Olona 201: International film night

For more information, go to the Kapiʻolani CC website.

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