HawCC Represented in Washington, D.C

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2012

June 27–July 1 and July 4–8, 2012

Article by Jacqueline Van Blarcom

Smithsonian 2012

Unukupukupu paying a visit with Kane Po at West Native American Museum
Photo provided by Kanani Kaulukukui

The University of Hawaii participated in the 2012 Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival this year. As one of 20 public land-grant universities featured, the UH group consisted of contributions from UH Mānoa’s Ka Papa Loʻi ʻO Kānewai, UH Mānoa’s Aquaponics program, UH System Administration Team, UH Mānoa’s Tuahine Group and our very own Hawaiʻi Community College’s Unukupukupu.

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an annual event held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The National Mall is the lawn area expanse between the Smithsonian museums wherein large tents and booths are erected for this event. Presented by the Smithsonian Institute, the annual festival invites practitioners from all over the USA to actively engage the public in cultural practices and life ways.

Hawaiʻi Community College’s Unukupukupu performed daily at the Festival, including a special performance at The Library of Congress, and contributed to both the opening and the closing of the events festivities.

If you would like to find out more, please visit:

University of Hawaiʻi


for information about the UH System contributions to this event.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival


to find out more about the festival itself.


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