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Enjoy arts and crafts for all members of the family.

Come Play, Do Art at Palikū Arts Festival, a unique interactive arts experience Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m.—4 p.m. in and around the Palikū Theatre, plaza and art spaces on the Windward Community College campus. The festival is free and open to all ages. All art supplies are provided. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume or festive clothing with an oceanic art theme.

“Our celebration of the arts—fine, performing, and literary arts—is back, and it’s better than ever! This year we’ve added new activities, including a people parade called the “Art Strut,” where your can help create a sea creature puppet to parade with, or just show up and bring one to life. As usual, the festival features our award-winning theatre program in workshops and spontaneous performances,“ said festival co-chair and creator Ben Moffat.

The festival’s emphasis is on “playing” and exploring artful interests. Windward CC art professors, instructors and their students will be on hand (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.

Creative activities include:

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Tie-dye for colorful fun
  • Palikū Arts Festival 2018 theme is “Ocean of Arts”
  • “Art Strut” Parade (oceanic art theme) will take place at 1:11 p.m. in front of Palikū Theatre (join the fun and come in costume or make one here!)
  • Tie-dye making in front of the gallery
  • Ceramics demonstrations with Paul Nash
  • Piano open lab
  • Camera Obscura with Mark Hamasaki
  • Open Drawing Studio with Norm Graffam and William Zwick—draw or have your portrait drawn
  • Woodcarving with Jordan Souza
  • Clay sculpture with Bryce Meyers
  • Stage Combat workshop with Nick Logue
  • Improvisation performance with students of director Taurie Kinoshita
  • Screenwriting and life writing workshops with Desiree Poteet
  • Poetry workshop with Susan St. John
  • T-shirt printing
  • Hakipuʻu Learning Center Arts
  • Hawaiian Art Village in Hale Aʻo
  • Roaming pirates and performers, and much more

Additional events

Cast members of Nanaue the Teenage Sharkman
Cast of Nanaue the Teenage Sharkman
  • Palikū Theatre—Enjoy two free performances of a world premiere Hawaiian Youth Theatre play, Nanaue the Teenage Sharkman, based on Hawaiian folk tales written and directed by Moses Goods, and performed by Windward CC Theatre 260 students and alumni. Great for all ages. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (50 minutes).
  • Gallery ʻIolaniFREE, a new exhibit will feature the photography of Mark Hamasaki, highlighting the cultural impact of the construction of the H-3 freeway.
  • Imaginarium— (special festival entry fees)
    The Hōkūlani Imaginarium will be showing a family-friendly fulldome show Secrets of the Dragon and Losing the Dark PSA and a live sky show with a nominal fee of $3 (30 minutes) at 12:15 p.m.
  • Language Arts Oasis at Hale Manaleo—Poetry and story readings throughout the day with Joe Miller, Kami Shibai Storytelling, Henry Park and others. Plus, have fun at the “Haiku Tree,” poetry corner, book sale, and 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 Shaka Steel Band, Salsa Orchestra and Street Band, and other Windward area talent.
  • ʻOno food will be available from India Café, Erin’s Shave Ice, KC Waffles, and coffee, sandwiches and frappes from The Hub Coffee Shop at the Windward CC library.

For more information, visit the Palikū Arts website or contact the festival co-chairs Ben Moffat at (808) 724-1808 or email So Jin Kimura.

—By Bonnie Beatson

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