About

Mission

Hawai‘i FEAST empowers local artists.

We create vibrant and resilient communities in Hawaii through public artwork, placemaking, and creative advocacy. Hawai‘i FEAST is built upon community resources; Local artists produce ideas for public artwork and creative advocacy, and community members take part in the decision making process of selecting projects and financing them.

Activities

Hawai‘i FEAST builds community through artwork, storytelling, and food.

We host public dinners at which attendees pay to join a catered reception, and a portion of that payment is set aside as a prize. While attendees eat, mingle, and imbibe, different artists showcase their work and explain their proposed public art project. After the presenters are finished, attendees vote on which artist’s project they wish to award the prize to. Following the dinner, Hawai‘i FEAST supports selected artists in implementing their public art projects.

Due to COVID-19 impacts, all Hawai‘i FEAST programming will be online until further notice. Click here to learn about the Downtown Hilo Placemaking Initiative, set to launch in May, 2020.

Impact

To-date, Hawai‘i FEAST has:

  • Cultivated eight community dinners, and at these dinners over 500 community members and 30 groups of artists were engaged.
  • Raised a total of $6,800 in crowd-sourced funding to support community-driven public art projects. 
  • Hosted one community-wide festival (“2019 Land and Sea Festival”).
  • Helped sustain local public art programs and placemaking efforts, through community exhibitions, panels, visioning walking tours, and more.

Non-Profit Status

Hawai‘i FEAST is a program fiscally sponsored by ioby, a 501(c)3 crowd funding platform, which supports grassroots organizations in making their neighborhoods more sustainable, healthier, greener, and more livable. Hawai‘i FEAST is also supported by ArtPlace America, an organization that provides financial support to creative placemaking projects in the United States.

All donations made to Hawai‘i FEAST are tax-deductible.