Honolulu branch 

  • ​​Every first Wednesday, 11:30a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from January through May, and September through October. All meetings feature fascinating presenters and presentations related to literary, visual, and performing arts. 

  • ​Throughout the year, interested Pen Women gather together to attend cultural events, preceded by a delicious meal near the theater or concert venue. Frequency of the outings depends the event and level of interest. Check here for upcoming Delectable Detours.

  • ​In the spring or early summer of every odd-numbered year, Pen Women Honolulu sponsors a juried art show featuring artwork of our members. Cash awards are offered.

  • ​In the spring of every even-numbered year, Pen Women Honolulu sponsors a writers' conference for members and the public, featuring distinguished authors and hands-on workshops. Conference is held at Iolani School. Next writers' conference is April 2018.

  • ​The Lorin Tarr Gill biennial writing competition (every even-numbered year) is open to all writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Cash awards are offered in each category. Click here for most recent winners.

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Kumu Michael Pili Pang studied hula under the tutelage of Hula Masters, Maiki Aiu Lake and Mae Kamāmalu Klein. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Education from the University of Puget Sound and is the only kumu hula to earn a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. He was appointed Executive Director to the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (2005-2011) and continues to serve on several community boards as a cultural consultant. Kumu Michael is the founder and Kumu Hula of the hula academy Halau Hula Ka Noʻeau and is the Executive Director of Muʻolaulani, the non-profit corporation supporting the endeavors of Hālau Hula Ka Noʻeau. He was a Lecturer of Hawaiian Music and Dance at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoaʻs Music Department, Iolani School, St. Andrew’s Priory, and Waimea School.   He and his hālau present lectures, demonstrations, and concerts at universities and colleges in Hawai'i, North America, Canada, and Asia. 

In his talk about the life of a Kumu Hula, Michael Pili Pang will explain how his Taoist "Popo" set the foundation for his understanding of rituals and connections often prominent in hula and how his Catholic school education led him to his first hula class. At the age of twenty-two his path was set for a career in hula. He will discuss how a hālau is structured, hula kahiko versus hula `auwana, hula competitions, touring and how perpetuation is maintained while creativity is cultivated. The subculture of hula will be discussed as well as the responsibilities of the Kumu Hula in mentoring, parenting and nurturing his/her haumana, while juggling a career as an artist and a teacher. 

Luncheon meetings

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Art exhibition

writers' conference

writing competition

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                                              next luncheon meeting

                               Wednesday, January 10, 2018

​                                 11:30a.m. - 1:30p.m.

                                 The Pacific Club, 1451 Queen Emma Street, Honolulu

​                                   Presenter:
                        Michael Pili Pang
                              The Training, Career and Responsibilities of a Kumu Hula


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   Members and Friends: $30
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   Guest/Other: $32
   Late Fee: $5

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