Hawaii’s first traditional tattoo film festival will be held at the Kohala Village HUB in Hawi from 9.30 am - 3 pm, on Sat., Oct. 26. Eleven free screenings will highlight Indigenous arts and resilience throughout the world with a focus on Pacific and Arctic cultures.  


Lars Krutak, renowned tattoo anthropologist and co-curator for the Traditional Tattoo Festival, has chosen a comprehensive schedule of documentaries equally designed for viewers new to traditional tattoo as well as experts in the art.

“Every traditional method of tattoo application is tedious, and those men and women who mastered the practice plied human skin with ancestral designs to assert identity, religious beliefs, rites of passage and other life accomplishments,” Krutak says.  “In essence, tattooing expressed what it meant to be human.”

Films will run continuously throughout the day beginning at 9.30 am with a 5-10 minute interlude between screenings.  Three feature presentations will be shown within the full line-up.

The fair is from 9:00am-4:00pm and is completely FREE!

Kohala Village Inn & Hub

55-514 Hawi Rd, Hawi, HI 96719