Arts & Culture

Hawaii is rich with culture and we need to find the appropriate ways to be sure we continue to cultivate that for generations to come.

Hawaii Business Change Reports

State of the Arts

During the opening night of the Honolulu Biennial 2019, more than 2,000 people walked around the former Famous Footwear space at Ward Centre, immersing themselves in sculptures, woven garments, drawings, videos and an intricate, abstract network of red yarn.

Hawaii Community Foundation has partnered with Hawaii Business magazine to produce the CHANGE Reports.

The Data

The CHANGE framework is a curated set of statewide data that begins to identify the gaps where help in our community is needed, opportunities where help will do the most good, and areas where sustainable data need to be gathered. By working from a common set of sustainable data, our community can create shared goals and consistently and reliably track the progress of our collective efforts over time.

Access to Arts Education for Youth

Access to Arts Education for Youth

Under construction

Nurturing and Cultivating Hawaii's Diverse Cultures

Nurturing and Cultivating Hawaii's Diverse Cultures

The data for this subsector is calculated through three major indicators:

Participation in Cultural Activities

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: 29% of Native Hawaiians and 18% of non-Hawaiians participate in Native Hawaiian cultural activities (including language and interaction with the 'āina for cultural, spiritual, religious and subsistence purposes)
  • Reference Data Point: Not available
  • Source: Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) (2015)

Hawaiian Language and Native Hawaiian Culture

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: 18,610 Hawaiian language speakers in Hawaii
  • Reference Data Point: Not available
  • Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 - 2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Other Cultural Activities

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: Under construction
  • Reference Data Point: Under construction
  • Source: Under construction
Access to Spaces and Opportunities to Practice and Participate in Arts and Culture

Access to Spaces and Opportunities to Practice and Participate in Arts and Culture

The data for this subsector is calculated through three major indicators:

Private Philanthropic Investment

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: $25 million or 3% of all individual charitable giving supports the arts
  • Reference Data Point: U.S.: 5%
  • Source: Hawaii Community Foundation, Hawaii Giving Study (2015)

Government Public Investment

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: Under construction
  • Reference Data Point: Under construction
  • Source: Under construction

Economic Impact

  • HI State Baseline Data Point: $205.6 million in total economic activity generated by the arts and culture sector, which supports 5,968 full-time jobs
  • Reference Data Point: U.S.: $835 million
  • Source: Americans for the Arts (2017)
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— MARGARET MEAD