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Upcoming Events and Contact Information

For enquiries regarding the Hawaiʻi State Poet Laureate Program contact Lyz Soto, director of literary and conversation programs at You can also call her at 808.732.5402 x5.


14th Annual Art at the Capitol
Friday, April 18, 2023
This year there will be a formal program with the public being able to wander through the Capitol to enjoy the artwork and performances. A booklet giving locations of the artwork will be made available near the elevators and located throughout the Capitol.

The program will begin at 4:30 p.m. in room 325 with an introduction of artists and special guests. Poet Laureate Brandy Nālani McDougall will be kicking off the night with an invocation.

Self-guided tours begin at 5:00 p.m. with Honolulu International Film Festival Shorts showing in the Senate Gallery, and footage of the H-3 Protests from the Hawaii Triennial playing in the House Gallery. Throughout the evening, Hawaiian Mele will be performed by Kamakawiwo‘ole: Osorio Band on the 5th floor in the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, Ballet Hawai’i will be dancing in the rotunda, Hawai’i Theater for Youth will be performing in the Auditorium, and there will be a panel discussion from Hawai’i Contemporary on “Art and Activism.”

It’s National Poetry Month! Virtual Reading with the Public Library
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Watch an interview, talk story, and reading with Hawaiʻi’s Poet Laureate, Brandy Nālani McDougall.
Youth Poet Laureate Commencement at Maui Arts and Cultural Center
Friday, April 28, 2023
Brandy helps opening the Youth Poet Laureate Commencement when find out who’s the next Hawaiʻi Youth Poet Laureate.



Poetry Reading at ʻAi Pūhaku Exhibit in the Art Gallery at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Sunday, March 25, 2023
Brandy organized and joined a collective poetry reading honoring and inspired by the artists exhibited at the ʻAi Pōhaku exhibit.
Poetry Workshop at Makawao Public Library
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Kula born and raised, Hawaiʻi State Poet Laureate Brandy Nālani McDougall sees poetry as a way to heal. Share your own story of Maui with Brandy as she helps participants create their own poems of Makawao.
Poetry Workshop at Kīhei Public Library
Saturday, March 11, 2023
Share your own story of Maui with Hawaiʻi State Poet Laureate Brandy McDougall, as she helps participants create their own poems about Kīhei.
Poetry Reading and Talk Story with DOE Literacy Teachers at Farrington High School
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Brandy read poetry and did a poetry workshop, inviting students to share their writing.
Poetry Out Loud Hawaiʻi State Final at the Tenney Theatre
Sunday, February 26, 2023

Brandy will be making a special appearance at the Poetry Out Loud Hawaiʻi Final.

Super Saturday at Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM)
Saturday, February 25, 2023

Brandy Nālani McDougall facilitating an ekphrastic poetry workshop inspired HiSAM’s latest exhibit and Mr. Chicken Pants!

Ekphrasis, which can be translated as “description” in Greek, refers to poetry that describes a work of visual art.  In this family workshop open to all ages, you will write your own ekphrastic poem inspired by an artwork of your choosing in the Hawai’i State Art Museum. Hawaii Poet Laureate, Brandy Nālani McDougall, will share examples of ekphrastic poems and writing prompts to help you create your own work of art to honor and celebrate the wonderful art at HiSAM.

The Vibe at Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM)
Friday, January 13, 2023

Brandy Nālani McDougall’s inaugural event as Hawaiʻi State Poet Laureate. She’ll be sharing some of poems at The Vibe, a monthly jazz night at HiSAM.