Our goal is to offer a myriad of authentic Italian experiences that will transport you from the heart of the Pacific to the boot of Europe.
Food + Wine
Pizza, pasta, wine, cheese, bread, gelato - all the most delicious dining delights seem to hail from Italy. Festa Italiana Hawaii will offer the opportunity to taste the many amazing flavors of Italy in one extraordinary evening in Honolulu's vibrant Kaka'ako District. Mangiamo!
Music + Art
Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticelli and the list goes on. Italy is as much accredited for its contribution to the arts as it is for its food. Festa Italiana Hawaii aims to bring to light this important aspect of Italian history and culture through showcasing the works of artists and musicians whose work is inspired by Italy.
Fashion + Cars
Italy is home to world-renowned art and undeniably delicious food and wine, but one must not forget that Italians love their cars and clothes. Festa Italiana Hawaii aims to showcase a selection of exceptional Italian cars and clothing and handbags from well-known Italian car makers and fashion houses.
the general event is FREE to the public.
Access to an exclusive Food & Wine experience will be available through ticket purchase.
Vendor Spotlight: Il Gelato Hawaii
Il Gelato Hawaii's award-winning artisan gelato is made with great passion and Aloha. Their gelato is “all natural” and made fresh daily by using the finest ingredients grown locally or from the best sources around the world. To learn more about Il Gelato Hawaii, visit their website or check out Il Gelato Hawaii - The Movie.
Festa Italiana Hawaii is a community program established by the Friends of Italy Society of Hawaii, a non-profit organization whose mission is to fostering friendship among the residents of Hawaii with an Italian background or with a special interest for Italian culture, traditions and history, as well as promoting a better understanding of Italian traditions.
Hawaii is a melting pot of cultures from around the world and despite being directly across the globe from Italy, the Aloha State is home to a respectable number of Italian citizens and Italian-Americans, not to mention thousands of general Italian (food + wine) enthusiasts.
The Festa Italiana is our effort to provide Hawaii with a unique, immersive experience into the Italian culture through partnerships with local restaurants, vendors, artists, musicians and more who share a common love for Italy.