San Francisco-based Kumu Hula Patrick Makuakāne's dancers from 2011 event
Image: Jeff Widener

‘Ohana / For the last six years, Distinctive Women in Hawaii brought us stories of women who’ve helped to shape the multi-cultural fabric of Hawaii. This year’s lineup of events includes a multi-media exhibit of New York City’s “The Hawaiian Room” of the Lexington Hotel, as well as a must-see, dynamic presentation of Honolulu’s famed Glades Show Club, where female impersonators once performed a must-see Chinatown attraction during the 60s, 70s and 80s.

The Prison Monologues takes us behind bars at the Women’s Community Correctional Center in Kailua, where founder Pat Clough helped women transform incarcerated fears and longings into poetry and prose. A cell phone and food drive, historical presentations on kapa designs and other Hawaiian textiles, as well as special screenings, book talks and lectures are all part of the event inspired by the act of remembering.

It’s a chance to celebrate iconic female figures; strong voices, innovative historical figures, and soulful works by women who believe in celebrating people over politics.

Mission Memorial Auditorium on the Honolulu Civic Grounds, 550 South King St., Sat. 9/15, 8:30am–4pm, [distinctivewomenhawaii.org]