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Downtown Honolulu Festival will feature arts, crafts, food and performances

Sandy Pohl enjoys exploring downtown Honolulu, from art galleries and entertainment to shopping and dining.

“In every big city, that’s why you go and visit a place,” she said. “There are great places to go, to eat, to theatre…and culture. And that’s what we have in our neighborhood.

Pohl, Executive Director of the Downtown Art Center, said she wants more people to enjoy and visit our downtown arts district.

For 10 years, she has been trying to organize an art festival to highlight this. Now it finally happens.

“We want to show who we are as a community of artists and nonprofit arts organizations,” she said. “This area used to be called the arts district. And somehow people forgot that.

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Sandy Pohl is the executive director of the Downtown Art Center.

The Downtown Art Center is hosting the HEART of Honolulu Street Festival next weekend. HEART is an acronym for heritage, entertainment, arts and culture, dining, theater and performing arts — all things Pohl hopes the event will highlight.

Approximately 50 artists, arts organizations and local businesses will participate in the block party. There will also be live entertainment, food and crafts. They are expecting around 1,000 people.

One such artist is Liz Train of the Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui.

“It’s kind of an old-fashioned art,” Train said. “But there has been a resurgence.”

Train said it was the first street festival they would attend. They have about 100 members and she hopes more people will sign up for their classes.

“I think part of it is just the joy of doing,” she said. “As you weave, you create new fabric row by row. It’s a slow process, but it’s quite meditative.

The free event will take place next Saturday, October 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nuʻuanu Avenue, from King Street to Chaplain Lane.

Editor’s note: The Downtown Art Center is a Hawaii Public Radio subscriber.