Derik Paiva, Honolulu Advertiser
Co-Founder, Director 05-09
It was December of 2005 when Jonathan Heraux and I opened oNG KIng ARTs CeNtER. The next four years it was the star around which all other life revolved. Today it is still Chinatown’s art nurturing, soul clapping, heart blossoming space. Its mission is to make a sustainable art community. It is a space for creative risk taking, artistic mastery, expressive freedom and personal growth. Located on the second floor of King St. in Chinatown-Honolulu, Ong King’s schedule highlights, Sunday night Open Stage, First Friday Multi-Media events, Classes, Performance Productions, Kava Bar and more.
Art, Music, Community, Fire, and Theatre
First Dawn is Oahu’s two day Winter Solstice Festival. It brings together, spirituality, festivity, art and mirth. Over 30 artists, musicians, healers, and teachers share their talents on beautiful beach campgrounds to celebrate the end of the longest night and the beginning of the sun’s blessing of light. First Dawn premiered in 2009 and featured theatre and dance performance, music, healers, yoga, childrens activities and visual arts.
Performing Arts Coordinator, Master of Ceremonies
Every July the Contemporary Art Museum hosts Artspree, a gorgeous all day family event. The Museum grounds are transformed into an interactive art smorgasbord. The show begins with a ritual procession, and ends with a children & costumed performer parade. The last three years entertainers have included, aerialists, jugglers, dancers of all ages, storytellers, Youth Speaks Poets, balloonists, hip-hop artists and more.