29th Annual International Festival

29th Annual International Festival

The KCC International Festival is coming to you once again in March!

The Kapi‘olani Community College 29th Annual International will be held March 20-23, 2017 on the Kapi‘olani Community College campus and includes prominent guest speakers, music, dance, art, films, literature and poetry that beautifully showcase the diversity of cultures found in the world today through highly interactive student and guest presentations.


Alan Akaka


The KCC International Festival is considered one the college’s signature events, known throughout the UHCC system, by faculty, staff, and students as well as garnering a significant following and recognition by people in the community.



This year’s music line up includes numerous Na Hoku Hanohano award winners, such as Alan Akaka, Ku‘uipo Kumukahi, Ian O’ Sullivan, and including acclaimed guitarist Jay Koseki,  plus a promising young fabulous ‘ukulele player Mika Kane. In addition, the KCC Synthesizer Ensemble, directed by Anne Craig-Lum will perform songs from around the world.




In addition, collaboration with the UHM College of Social Sciences (UHM-CSS) brings us presentations and guest speakers such as the Chair of Anthropology, Dr. Christian Peterson, as well as representatives from UHM-CSS International Programs, and Dr. Ulla Hasager, Director of Civic Engagement for the College of Social Sciences.



Performances by Kenny Endo & the Taiko Center of the Pacific, the Middle Eastern Dance Association of Hawaii, and student performances by the Bayanihan (Filipino) Student Club, the Korean Club (K-Pop), and the Spanish Language classes (Sevillanas).


Kenny Endo


On Thursday, March 23 you can find tables in the Ohia Cafeteria representing Spanish Language & Culture Club, Bayanihan (Filipino) Club, French Language & Culture Club, Korean Language & Culture Club, Chinese Language & Culture Club, KCC Econimics & Business Club, International Club, and Phi Theta Kappa.

The Koa Gallery will feature the late artist Chuck Davis, and on display will be his fine art and humorous and animated selections from his sketchbook.

Also, there will be a photo exhibit of images from Vietnam by Bob Jones & Denby Fawcett, who
 met in Vietnam as photojournalists. Their extensive collection of images tell a fascinating visual story.
Numerous international films will be shown daily, such as films hosted by Dr. Guido Pigliasco, Julie Rancilio, and Elaina Malm. Also, invite your colleagues and friends to attend the well established film series hosted by Kalani Fujiwara in the evenings in the Kopiko Building.

In addition, there will be surprise international dishes each day in the Ohi‘a Cafeteria courtesy of Chef David Hamada and Chef Lee.

Mark your calendars for a week of international learning and engagement, and invite students in your classes, your colleagues, your friends and community to attend the events of the 29th Annual International Festival at KCC.

Festival Itinerary (PDF) | Festival Poster (PDF)

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