37th Annual Honolulu Inter-Tribal Powwow

On Saturday and Sunday of October 1 and 2, the 37th Annual Inter-Tribal Powwow will be held at Thomas Square Park in Honolulu, Hawaii.  The festivities begin each day at 10 am and carry on until 5 pm.  Thomas Square Park is located between the Neal Blaisdell Center and Honolulu Academy of Arts.

The event is free to the public, and features sights and sounds from many different American Indian nations.  Singing, dancing and drumming will fill the park, with the head male dancer, Zac Smith, Dine and Hopi Nation of Arizona and Choctaw of Oklahoma, and head female dancer, Eva Bighorse, Navajo and Seneca from California, leading the way.  The Master of Ceremonies will John Dawson, San Carlos Apache Nation. The host drum is the local 808 NDNs, and the guest drum is Wildhorse of California.

Michelle Waits, one fo the organizers of the event, spoke to Indian Country Today Media Network about the uniqueness of the Honolulu Inter-Tribal powwow, and powwows in Hawaii in general.

“One of the unique elements of powwows in Hawaii is the participation of the local indigenous community. There is a great synergy between the indigenous nations of the mainland US and the Hawaiian nation – spirituality, respect for the earth, respect for elders and traditions, and unfortunately many similar challenges as well.”

Mary Meyers and Lola Seymour

“The two women in front from left to right is Mary Meyers and Iola Seymour.  They were two of the original women who began the powwow in the 70s, and later the community center on Oahu, which is no longer in operation, but the Native American community would like to see it again,” Waits said.

Competition dances, such as the Fancy Shawl Dance, bring spectators from all over Hawaii.  The Order of the Arrow, a service organization of the Boy Scouts of America, will build a tee pee that kids can go inside of.

With over fifty local and mainland vendors, educational booths and health groups and organizations expected, this year’s inter-tribal pow wow should be special.

For more information contact:

Elsie Whitehorn (918) 991-5863

Rosanna Prieto (808) 392-6211



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