Jun 022015

Make plans now to participate in the 2015 Asia Pacific Dance Festival (APDF), a co-production of the East-West Center Arts Program and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College, in cooperation with the UH Mānoa Department of Theatre and Dance. APDF features outstanding dancers, critics, scholars and more from throughout the Asia Pacific Region.

APDFJuly 14–27, 2015
Kennedy Theatre
University of Hawaii at Manoa

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Jun 012015

In honor of the East-West Center Gallery’s 20th anniversary and the East-West Center’s 55th anniversary, this exhibition will feature a selection of textiles rarely seen by the general public, including new works recently donated and never before exhibited. The works will include: batik from Indonesia and Malaysia, embroidered clothes from China, kilim carpet weaving from Iran, Indian zardozi, Cambodian ikat, naturally-dyed Lao silk weaving, Samoan siapo, Bangladeshi kantha, Korean chokakpo, Japanese silk kimono and obi, Uzbeki suzani, Burmese shwe gyi do, Syrian silk, Filipino Bontoc weaving, and more.

Click here to download the exhibit handout.

Since its founding in 1960, the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai‘i has been the recipient of hundreds of gifts of art, reflecting the richness and diversity of the Asia Pacific region. Heads of government and institutions, alumni chapters, artists-in-residence, professional colleagues, young scholars, and various supporters of the East-West Center continue to add extraordinary and unique works to the growing EWC collection.

The items exhibited are treasures because they represent the peoples who made them, wore them, and preserved them. They can be heirlooms to pass on for generations or fabrics that delineate status, ethnicity, gender, and community. Textiles and fiber arts have long been, and continue to be, highly prized throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Special thanks to all the artists and donors who have contributed the pieces shown in this exhibition.

This exhibition is made possible by generous support from Richard H. Cox and Aston Hotels & Resorts.

EWC Arts Programs are supported by the Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society, Friends of Hawai‘i Charities, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, Jean E. Rolles, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, and other generous donors.

We would like to dedicate this exhibit to two of the founders of the East-West Center’s Arts Program: Jeanette “Benji”Bennington (1934-2014) and William Feltz.

Benji was the first curator of EWC Gallery and a pioneer in displaying contemporary Asian arts. Bill Feltz continues to be involved with the EWC as an adjunct arts specialist and has been with the Center for over 45 years. Both founders ensured that the EWC’s permanent collection includes many beautiful and unique textiles.

May 292015

On behalf of our recent community partner, the Society of Nepalese in Hawai’i (SNEHA):

“Help Nepal” Musical Nights

The Society of Nepalese in Hawaii (SNEHA) is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) charitable origination
in Hawaii is organizing two fundraising musical nights to support the relief, and recovery operations in Nepal. Each musical night will showcase traditions and cultures of Nepal through variety of performances.


Date: May 30th 2015
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Venue: Campus Center Ball Room, UH Manoa,
2465 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822

Date: May 31th 2015
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Venue: Myohoji Temple
2003 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817

Parashuram Bhandari: Sarangi Player
Anna Stirr: Voice and Madal

Suggested donation: Students $15/person, Non-student: $25/person

SNEHA invites you to come experience Nepali culture and help our efforts to rebuild Nepal. All the funds raised in this event will directly go to the relief and recovery efforts of the devastated rural areas of Nepal. Please visit www.esneha.org to learn more about our organization and the work we are doing.

Mahalo Nui for your support to rebuild the resilient future of Nepal! Hope to see you there.

Apr 262015

The East-West Center community extends its deepest sympathies and concern for all those impacted by the devastating earthquake in Nepal. We know that rebuilding will require enormous resources, and we urge all who are able to contribute to recovery efforts. Click here to view a list of key international organizations involved in post-earthquake relief activities.

At 2 p.m. this Sunday, May 3, in connection with the current East-West Center Gallery exhibition on minority ethnic groups in Nepal, Nepalese geologist Arjun Aryal will be speaking on “Geology and Culture in Nepal,” including scientific information about the recent quake. Through the end of the exhibition on May 10, all funds contributed to the EWC Gallery donation box will be given to the Society of Nepalese in Hawai‘i for earthquake relief.