COURTESY OF J. BENNETT
Pick up pieces for the home like this one by J. Bennett titled "The Grail," clay high fired with beading glaze.
Art scene takes over Haleiwa
Haleiwa Town is famous as the isle's "artsy" community, with its small boutiques of bohemian clothing and intimate art galleries. In 1997, after many years of pushing ideas around in their heads, a group of local art advocates and artists solidified the area's commitment to art and culture by creating the nonprofit Haleiwa Arts Festival, dedicated to promoting the arts, especially in the North Shore community.
The first Haleiwa Arts Festival was held in 1998, attracting folks islewide to see and learn art, hear music and watch dance, and eat good food, all in the picturesque setting that is Haleiwa Town.
Since 1999, the festival has provided $19,000 to support fine arts education in nine area schools. The festival also supports local artists and exposes the public to career opportunities in the arts.
This year, the two-day festival includes Celtic music, opera, jazz and hula, as well as storytelling, keiki art projects, food booths and the works of more than 100 artists. Free trolley tours of historic Haleiwa and Waialua towns will also be offered, the tours given by volunteers from the North Shore Chamber of Commerce Historic Preservation Committee.
STAR-BULLETIN / JULY 2005
At last year's Haleiwa Arts festival, members of "Na Leo Nihi Nihi O Na Kupuna" (Sweet Voices of the Grandparents) entertained. On the ukulele, Florence "Nana" Lindsey, and behind her is Gladys Naone, center, and Toro Garcia.
» 10 a.m.: Celtic Pipes and Drums Bagpipe Band
» 10:45 a.m.: North Shore Outdoor Circle Beautification Awards
» 11 a.m.: Hawaii Opera Theatre Ensemble: A Taste of Opera & Theatre
» Noon: Na Leo Nahenahe 'O Na Kupuna Island Music and Dance
» 1 p.m.: North Shore School of Fine Arts Recital
» 2 p.m.: NAECO Island Rock Originals
» 3 p.m.: Ron Artis and Family
» 4 p.m.: U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Big Band
» 10 a.m.: Royal Scottish Country Dancers
» 11 a.m.: Na Lei Nani 'O Waialua Hula Halau and Ukulele Group
» Noon: Honolulu Community Concert Band
» 1 p.m.: Na Wahine 'O Ka Hula Maika Pu'u Wa Waimea Valley and Pearl City Halau
» 2 p.m.: Captain Kaos!
» 2:45 p.m.: Cozmic Country
» 3:30 p.m.: Albert Moniz
» 4 p.m.: The River Street Collective
The acts are subject to change. Visit www.haleiwaartsfestival.org.
COURTESY OF J. BENNETT
"Carrying Down the Bones" from J. Bennett's spirit form series.