Each summer Hawaii Performing Arts Festival brings together an outstanding faculty of internationally recognized performers, directors and teachers with a select group of aspiring music students from all over the world for an intense study and performance program.

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Attend HPAF July 5-27, 2015

Set in the unique and inspiring location of Hawaii’s Big Island, students are closely coached as they prepare to participate in Hawaii Performing Art Festival’s series of Masterclasses, concerts, recitals, and staged productions.


Between our intensive program for aspiring professional singers and our programs for preteens and adult amateurs, we have something for everyone.

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String Program (July 5-20 and July 5-24, 2015)

Dedicate yourself to your instrument under the guidance of our inspiring faculty. Create memories for a lifetime, and you and your music will never be the same.

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Collaborative Piano

Come work with leading pianists, coaches, voice teachers and stage directors to sharpen your skills as a collaborative pianist and coach for singers.

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Hawaii Performing Arts Festival changed my life. I have become a better singer, actor, dancer, and person thanks to the faculty I’ve worked with here. This festival showed me that I could do what I love and make a career out of it, as well as preparing me for my career. I owe the festival so much for teaching me how to be a performer.

Becca E. Barrett


If you live in Hawaii, or happen to be visiting in July, put us on your calendar! Every July HPAF presents a series of exciting live performances, including recitals, concerts and staged productions, as well as Master classes, where audience members can observe the teaching/coaching process. Concerts feature noted guest artists, our fine artist faculty members and our professionally aspiring students.

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HPAF gratefully thanks our many generous supporters

Barbara & Robert Sterne
Ilene Grossman
Carolyne Riley and Terry White
Kirkland & Ellis Foundation
Peoples Theatre
Elaine & Sherm Warner
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Deb Sims
Bruce & Carol Whitaker Paul Dahlquist
Kahilu Theatre
Gary Hickling and Dennis Moore
Dr. Peter In
Lois & Peter Gregg
Lawrence & Sonia Scadden
Baki & Bailey Wharton
Josh Gerbert
Kate Bell & Tom Blackburn
May Lyn and David Powell
Robert Donigan
Bonnie Cherni
Barb & Bob Sterne
Stephanie Yoshida
Andrew Czajkowski & David Perbix
Susan Spangler
Hawaii Preparatory Academy
Fairmont Orchid Hotel
Alexis & John Russell
Kathy Sato
Kent-Meschke Ohana
Masaki School of Music
Dr. Kumiko Naiki & Paul Lemcke
The Lematta Foundation
Carol Brown
Minja & Yong-Ho Choe
Christian Veillet
Nancy Stephenson
Kelly Sandulli
Trish & Michael O’Neill
Sharon & Tony Barrett
Zoe & Scott Johnson
Mariah Kosters
Jan-Gee McCollam
Julie & Craig Feied
Norman Piianaia
Hapuna Beach Hotel
Patricia Dilworth
Susan & Peter Denman
Anjalisa & Luke Aitken
Jane & Howard Mayo
Tim Bostock and Melanie Holt
Dr. Dana and Ross Lee
Merry & John Barton
Waimea Coffee Company
Monk’s Delight Kona Coffee
Natalie Mahoney
Andrew & Diana Bonnici
Greg Wittman
Balbi Brooks
Jan Gilman and Michael Tonjum
Lynne Johnson & Randy Moore
Kamuela Inn
Steve Kaplan
Mauna Lani Bay Resort and Hotel
Dianne Jordan
Deviants from the Norm
West Hawaii Today
Lisa Chu-Thielbar
Nancy Lematta
Ann & Tim Bennett
Robert & Barbara Sterne
St James Church
Carol & Clive Davies
Sherry & David Pettus
Lenore and Howard Klein Foundation
Shoshana & Regan Matsumura
Kelly & Greg Barrick
Janet & Ian Cooke
Marcia & Stanley Wishnick
Barbara Schaefer
Palace Theater
Dr. Robert Shapiro and Young Kim
Olivia & Hien Tran
Murabayashi Foundation
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
Marie Fellenstein Hale
Kathleen & Peter Thoene
Marilyn & Carl Bernhardt

Visit hawaiiperformingartsfestival.… to hear Executive Director Genette Freeman's interview on @hipubradio from Monday, February 16!