Arts District Merchant Association (ADMA)
The Arts District Merchant Association (ADMA) is a membership organization composed of merchants, nonprofit organizations and individuals dedicated to the responsible development and improvement of The Arts District in Honolulu’s downtown/Chinatown for the benefit of its members and the community.
Charisma Industries is a creative design agency and an intellectual property holding company specializing in content for print and digital media.
We’re a full services shop, specializing in a variety of fields including creative consultation, graphic and web design, brand and identity development, technical copywriting, photography, industrial engineering, event coordination, custom publishing, digital and offset printing, illustrations, commercial textiles, public relations, corporate mediation, urban planning, molecular gastronomy, and social media management.
In addition to helping sponsor events across Hawai‘i, such as art exhibitions, theatrical performances, cultural festivals, and workshops, we’re also proud partners with a variety of local companies, including shared creative workspaces, theatre companies, pop up shops, an independent publishing house, and a nanobrewery. Our in-house projects include an original clothing line, designer plush toys, custom vinyl products, and the award-winning lifestyle and culture publication Abstract Magazine.
Civil Beat is the largest news outlet dedicated to public affairs reporting about Hawaii. Its focus is on investigative and watchdog journalism, in-depth enterprise reporting, analysis and commentary that gives readers a broad view on issues of importance to the community.
Created in 2010 by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar, Civil Beat has quickly become one of the most respected news sites in Hawaii. Its journalists have won dozens of state and regional awards and Civil Beat has been named the best news website in Hawaii for the past four years by the Society of Professional Journalists.
COJODA Productions presents The Acting Studio, founded by actor, writer and producer Consulina Wong. The focus of The Acting Studio is on Single Point Acting for actors from beginning, intermediate, to advance levels.
HAWAII SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
The Hawai‘i Shakespeare Festival (HSF) produces three Shakespeare plays each year during its brief summer season, typically late July to early August. HSF strives for contemporary relevance and accessibility in its productions.
HAWAII WATERCOLOR SOCIETY
Hawai‘i Watercolor Society (HWS) promotes the advancement and appreciation of watercolor paintings through programs, workshops, competitive exhibits, and educational presentations.
ON THE SPOT IMPROV
On The Spot Improv is Hawai‘i's longest running improv group. Established in 2001, OTS has been entertaining audiences all across the country with their unique brand of improvised theater. Their signature style incorporates narrative storytelling, minimal dialog, and strong blocking to create cinematic images to tell complex stories. The group’s vision is to use improv to create and produce thought provoking and stimulating new works. In addition to creating new works the group also helps produce other artists and events such as the annual Improvaganza! Hawaii Festival of Improv.
Improvaganza! is a gathering and celebration of Improvised theatre in all its diverse expressions. It is Hawaii’s only festival dedicated to improv comedy & theatre with a weekend of improv performances, workshops, and events. Since 2006, Improvaganza! has showcased more than 60 acts from all over the world. The festival strives to cultivate Hawaii’s local improv theater community by showcasing local and mainland improvisers while providing opportunities for them to network with each other.
On The Spot also believes that anyone can learn how to improvise and offer ongoing classes in improvisation at their Academy of Improv. Their ongoing classes are not only a part of the course curriculum but each class is also a standalone class designed to allow people to drop into classes periodically.
Project Genre: On The Spot's annual educational tradition. Every year, improvisers take Project Genre to learn how to create and direct genre-based improv shows. Past shows include improvised plays inspired by John Hughes movies, The Twilight Zone, Westerns and Vacation films. Feel free to watch our improvisers rehearse for their upcoming performance!
PACIFIC TONGUES / YOUTH SPEAKS HAWAI'I
Pacific Tongues is a nonprofit organization that cultivates an active artistic Oceanic community of writers, spoken word performers, leaders, educators and students of all ages. Our commitment is to honor the practice of kuleana through creative workshops, public events and pedagogical development.Youth Speaks Hawai’i (YSH), a program of non-profit Pacific Tongues, supported by the Hawai`i Arts Alliance, promotes teen literacy and civic engagement through the performance art of slam poetry by offering weekly writing workshops, hosting monthly poetry slams and open mics, organizing interscholastic poetry slams, and sending a youth team to national competition every summer. Founded in January 2005, YSH offers a free after school writing and performance workshops for teens every Wednesday, 4:30-6pm at The ARTS at Marks Garage. YSH also hosts a poetry slam and open mic for teens every second Saturday of the month, from 3-530pm at The ARTS at Marks Garage.
PA‘I Foundation, organized in 2001, is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to preserve and perpetuate Hawaiian cultural traditions for future generations with the goal establishing a Hawaiian cultural center on O‘ahu to better serve the broader Hawaiian community. Current projects of PA‘I Foundation include MAMo: Maoli Arts Month, a celebration of native Hawaiian artists, the annual Hapa Haole Hula & Music Festival and Ho‘oulu, a program held in conjunction with the Harvard University Native American Program to promote educational opportunities in the biomedical field for Native Hawaiian youth.
PlayBuilders of Hawaii
Playbuilders of Hawai‘i Theater Company is a roving, multi-ethnic ensemble of experienced theatre makers who wish, through theatre, to create opportunities for effective communication and cultural exchange between the many diverse peoples of Hawai‘i.
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Hallowbaloo Music + Arts Festival
The Hallowbaloo Music & Arts Festival was founded in 2008 by T-Rx Entertainment, LLC. Hallowbaloo has been warmly received by Honolulu residents and visitors since its inception - drawing approximately 8,000 attendees in 2008, 12,000 attendees in 2009 and 15,000 attendees in 2010. Approximately 20,000 people are expected to participate in this year's 2011 Hallowbaloo festivities. The exceptional support from fans combined with major assistance from Arts District merchants has helped Hallowbaloo realize its mission straight out of the gate. Hallowbaloo is excited about the brilliant future that lies ahead and the opportunity to continue to illuminate the Honolulu Arts District brighter than any other weekend of the year. Mahalo nui to all of the artists, merchants and fans who have supported and continue to support H-A-L-L-O-W-B-A-L-O-O!