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46th Annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow 2022

Saturday, September 10, 2022 
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Bishop Museum Great Lawn 


  • Discounted Museum Admission for kamaʻāina and military with ID – $5 per person
  • Bishop Museum Members – Free with pre-registration and membership ID
  • Parking on campus: $5 per vehicle.
  • Please note that this is a two-day festival. To attend both days, you must purchase admission for both Saturday and Sunday.


Preregistration is strongly recommended. Limited hourly admissions; without preregistration, walk-ins will be admitted on a space-available basis.

Each year, hundreds of people gather to celebrate Native American heritages, pass on indigenous traditions, build communities, and learn about Native American cultural diversity. This year is special, as we bring the annual Honolulu Intertribal Powwow to the historic campus of Bishop Museum, located on the island of Oʻahu, in the ahupuaʻa of Kapālama and in the ʻili ʻāina of Kaiwiʻula.

Head Man dancer: Darren Henson ~ United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians
Head Woman dancer: Virginia Timentwa ~ Colville Confederated Tribes of Washington
Master of Ceremonies: Dan Nanamkin ~ Nez Perce and Colville Confederated Tribes
Arena Director, Randy Medicine Bear ~ United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians
Host Drum: Wildhorse Singers, Los Angeles, California
Guest drums: Phoenix Boyz, Los Angeles, California 

Powwow Etiquette

Everyone is welcome to attend a Powwow. It is a wonderful way to learn more about Native American culture and tribal traditions. Powwows are social events, a time to see old friends, make new acquaintances, listen, dance, and sing to the heartbeat of the drum, enjoy the taste of freshly prepared frybread, and especially to share our tribal heritage with the community. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and engage in conversation with vendors, dancers, singers, and other powwow participants.

Many of our tribal elders in the community will sit around the arena circle and will have many stories to share and are full of knowledge of the “old ways.” For those of you attending your first powwow, here are some rules and guidelines to make it more enjoyable:

  • Be considerate: Some people do not wish to be photographed or video taped. Consider the privacy of the individual, and ask permission before you record them on film or tape. This includes spectators and crafts people as well as dancers and singers.
  • Be courteous: If you intend to use your photography for commercial purposes please inform the individual. Be sure to get a signed release and offer the subject a copy of your work or contact information.
  • Be polite: Do not block the view of other spectators and pay attention to the announcers references to Powwow Etiquette and protocol.
  • Be respectful: Do not enter the dance arena to film or photograph.
  • Show respect to the Elders, Dancers, and Drummers by giving them priority in line at restrooms, food line, etc. The drum represents the heartbeat of our people, please do not enter the drum tent/circle unless you are invited.
  • Chairs/benches placed around the dance arena are reserved for dancers. There is a reserved tent for the elders to sit. Please feel free to bring your own chairs, blankets, or mats to sit on, also an umbrella and sunscreen for the sun, Everyone wants to see, so be careful not to block the view of those behind you! Powwow committee is not responsible for accidents, theft, and/or injury.


Program Timeline

9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony with Bishop Museum, Hālau Hula ‘O Kekela, Royal Hawaiian Guard, Royal Hawaiian Societies, Head Staff

10 a.m. Welcome Prayer by Dan Nanamkin

10:30 a.m. Grand Entry

11 a.m. Intertribal Dance

11:30 a.m. Keiki / Tiny Tots Dance

12 p.m. Intertribal Dance

12:30 p.m. Faith Ako

1 p.m. Visiting Guests, Special Presentations

1:30 p.m. Intertribal Dance

2 p.m. Honoring Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

2:30 p.m. Intertribal Dance

3 p.m. Head Man Special Presentation

3:30 p.m. Memorial Song

4 p.m. Social Dances

5 p.m. Closing Presentation


Sunday, September 11, 2022

Program Timeline

10 a.m. Welcome by Dan Nanmankin

10:30 a.m. Grand Entry — Timentwa Family Prayer

11 a.m. Intertribal Dance

11:30 a.m. Keiki / Tiny Tots Dance

12 p.m. Intertribal Dance

12:30 p.m. Faith Ako

1:30 p.m. Intertribal Dance

2 p.m. Honoring Children & Survivors of Boarding Schools

2:30 p.m. Intertribal Dance

3 p.m. Head Woman Special

3:30 p.m. Intertribal Dance

4 p.m. Committee Giveaway

4:30 p.m. Social Dances

5 p.m. Closing Invocation


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