Hawai’i, a Polynesian State of the United States of America (USA) is the host of the 2024 Festival of Pacific Arts & Culture (FestPAC), the world’s largest celebration of indigenous Pacific Islanders where artists, cultural practitioners, scholars, and officials from member nations of the Pacific Community (SPC) get together. The USA is one of the five founding members of SPC alongside, France, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
FestPAC is held every four years in a different Pacific Island location. However, due to Covid-19 restrictions in 2020, the 13th FestPAC, was postponed to 2024. The last event was hosted by Guam in 2016.
For more than 40 years, the festival has been an important venue for the perpetuation of Pacific arts and cultures. It has developed into a unique forum where cultural sharing and learning has enhanced the appreciation of Pacific arts and culture and knowledge of the region. The goals of the festival were developed in 1975 and have remained the driving force of the event.