The first ever Honolulu Intertribal Powwow began in October 1974 with a small group of interested American Indians and Alaskan Natives living in Honolulu who longed for a place to celebrate their Native heritage with members of the local Hawaiian community. The first intertribal powwow was very small and held at Ala Moana beach park with drummers, round dancing and a picnic potluck. It has since evolved over the last 45+ years with hundreds of participants, drummers, dancers, and vendors from Turtle Island, Hawaii and Canada.
Honolulu's powwow was supported through generous donations from local community organizations, community members and through the Hawaii Council of American Indian Nations (HCAIN). This group was formed to provide alcohol /drug counseling, cultural education and job training to the Native community. In addition, the American Indian Powwow Association (AIPA) was formed in the early '80's to organize, support and fund all future powwows.
Both organizations have since gone through several transitions and at present, the Honolulu Intertribal Powwow is being supported through the efforts of the Oahu Intertribal Council (OIC) 501(c)(3). We are currently working to revive and restore the Honolulu Intertribal Powwow to its formative years by working closely with our elders, participating in community and cultural events on Oahu and building our Native relationships on the islands of Hawaii, Kauai and Maui. It's Powwow time! Photo credit: Ikaika Anderson