The 6th annual Palikū Arts Festival at Windward Community College

APRIL 2, 2016 Hands-On Creativity and Entertainment for the Whole Family

Windward Community College
Bonnie J Beatson, (808) 235-7374
Mktg & Public Rel Dir, Chancellor's Office
Ben Moffat, 808-724-1808
Festival Chair, Humanities
Posted: Mar 7, 2016

Join us on April 2 for an artful day of fun.
Join us on April 2 for an artful day of fun.

‘Come Play, Do Art’ is the theme at Palikū Arts Festival, a unique interactive arts experience set for Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around the Palikū Theatre, plaza and art spaces on the Windward Community College campus in Kāne‘ohe. 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. We provide free art supplies and guidance, so you and your family can play! And, you can take home whatever you create,” said festival chair/creator Ben Moffat.

WCC 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 at the festival
  • Jewelry making with Jane Uyetake & 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!
  • Performance of Literature by WCC students with Instructor Linda Shkreli
  • Roaming performers, vignettes from Shakespeare, and much more!

From WCC Hawaiian studies and arts, kumu (instructors) and haumana (students) will share lauhala weaving, kapa beating demos, bamboo stamping, mo‘olelo, music, hula workshops, and lei making.

Enjoy two FREE performances of a world premiere play Tales of Ko‘olaupoko for the keiki, based on Hawaiian folk tales written and directed by Moses Goods, and performed by WCC Theatre 260 students and alumni. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (40 minutes). Then at 3:00 p.m., bring an instrument and join in for a musical kanikapila with Ka‘ala Carmack.

FREE at Gallery ‘Iolani, a new exhibit will feature fine art glass by Hawaii Glass Artists from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

IMAGINARIUM (special festival entry fees)
The Hōkūlani Imaginarium offers a family-friendly fulldome show Secrets of the Dragon (1:00 and 1:30 p.m.) with a nominal fee of $3 (runs 11 minutes). Then, at 3:00 p.m. join us for 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).

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.

On the outdoor stage, a variety of musical acts will perform, including the Royal Hawaiian Band, BYU-Hawaii’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. ‘Ono food will be available from a variety of local food vendors, India Café, Erin’s Shave Ice, Kaneohe’s Boston Pizza, Mega-Load Burgers, hot dog combos, and coffee, sandwiches, and frappes from The Hub Coffee Shop at the WCC library.

For more information, go to or contact Palikū Arts Festival chair
Ben Moffat at 808-724-1808 or

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