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Arts and crafts at Paliku Art Festival

“Come Play, Do Art” is the theme at Palikū Arts Festival, an interactive arts experience set for Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around the Palikū Theatre, plaza and art spaces on the Windward Community College campus. The festival is free to the public and open to all ages. All art supplies are provided.

“We invite you to explore your creative side! This festival has an open and adventurous ‘learn-by-doing’ vibe,” said festival chair and creator Ben Moffat. “We provide free art supplies and guidance, so you and your family can play! And, you can take home whatever you create.”

Windward CC art professors, instructors and their students will be there (with supplies provided) to assist those who want to express their creativity in a variety of ways—from painting, drawing and sculpting to moving, acting or making music, prints, poetry and prose.

A sampling of creative activities include:

  • Clay sculpture with Bryce Meyers
  • Woodcarving with Jordan Souza
  • Ceramics demonstrations with Paul Nash
  • Boomwhackers music making workshop with Tara Severns
  • Piano open lab
  • Camera obscura with Mark Hamasaki
  • Open drawing studio with Norm Graffam (draw or have your portrait drawn)
  • Stage combat workshop with Nick Logue
  • Improvisation workshop with Taurie Kinoshita
  • Screenwriting and life writing workshops with Desiree Poteet
  • Poetry workshop with Susan St. John
  • T-shirt printing (bring a t-shirt or purchase one at the festival)
  • Jewelry making with Jane Uyetake and Geri Kabei
  • Blue Zones Project art spinners (pedal a bike to spin the paint)
  • Hawaiian arts and crafts with Makanani Sala, Tuti Kanahele and others
  • Literature performance of by Windward CC students with Instructor Linda Shkreli
  • Roaming performers, vignettes from Shakespeare and much more

New at Palikū Arts Festival: Hale Aʻo (Hawaiian Studies Building)

From Windward CC Hawaiian studies and arts, kumu (instructors) and haumāna (students) will share lauhala weaving, kapa beating demos, bamboo stamping, moʻolelo, music, hula workshops and lei making.

Palikū Theatre

Enjoy two free performances of a world premiere play Tales of Koʻolaupoko for the keiki, based on Hawaiian folk tales written and directed by Moses Goods and performed by Windward CC Theatre 260 students and alumni at Palikū Theatre. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (40 minutes). Then at 3 p.m., bring an instrument and join in for a musical kanikapila with Kaʻala Carmack.

Gallery ʻIolani

Free at Gallery ʻIolani, a new exhibit will feature fine art glass by Hawaiʻi Glass Artists from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Hōkūlani Imaginarium offers a family-friendly fulldome show Secrets of the Dragon (1 and 1:30 p.m.) with a nominal fee of $3 (runs 11 minutes). Then, at 3 p.m. there will be a special presentation of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, a classic rock music and digital graphics extravaganza for special fee of $5 (43 minutes; not for children under age 8).

“Language Arts Oasis” at Hale Manaleo

A first at Palikū Arts Festival: Poetry reading at 2 p.m. featuring four Kundiman Fellows Janine Oshiro, Rajiv Mohabir Henry Leung and William Giles. Plus, have fun at the Haiku Tree, poetry corner, book sale, or rest in the Quiet Room for parents and children.

Musical entertainment

On the outdoor stage, a variety of musical acts will perform, including the Royal Hawaiian Band, BYUHawaiʻi’s Shaka Steel Band, the Community Handbell Ensemble, the Windward Chorale Society and other Windward area talent.

Attendees are encouraged to come in costume or festive clothing. ʻOno food will be available from a variety of local food vendors—India Café, Erin’s Shave Ice, Kaneohe’s Boston Pizza, Mega-Load Burgers and The Hub Coffee Shop.

—By Bonnie Beatson

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