APRIL 7, 2018

Hands-On Creativity and Entertainment for the Whole Family
FREE at Windward Community College


KANE‘OHE— ‘Come Play, Do Art’ is the theme at Palikū Arts Festival, a unique interactive arts experience set for Saturday, April 7, 2018 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. 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, bigger than ever. This year we’ve added new activities, including a pedestrian parade called the “Art Strut.” 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. WCC 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. A sampling of creative activities include:

  • 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
  • Hakipu‘u Learning Center Arts
  • Hawaiian Art Village in Hale A‘o
  • Roaming pirates and performers, and much more!


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 WCC Theatre 260 students and alumni. Great for all ages. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (50 minutes).




FREE at Gallery ‘Iolani, 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.


A favorite at Palikū Arts Festival: 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.


On the outdoor stage, a variety of musical acts will perform, including the Royal Hawaiian Band, BYU-Hawaii’s Shaka Steel Band, Salsa Orchestra and Street Band, and other Windward area talent.

‘Ono 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 WCC library.

For more information, go to www.palikuarts.com or contact Palikū Arts Festival co-chairs
Ben Moffat at 808-724-1808 or ben517@hotmail.com or So Jin Kimura at sojin.kimura@hawaii.edu.                            ###


12th Annual Shoebox for the Homeless Drive: Responsible Students Respecting for Those in Need

Castle Complex Schools participated in the 12th annual Shoebox for the Homeless Drive (SHD). It was a huge success!  This was another example of the 5Rs: Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Relationships, and Resiliency. A total of eight Castle Complex Schools participated and filled over 1,500 shoeboxes worth of donations. These shoeboxes were collected on February 14, 2018.  The shoeboxes included toiletries, clothes, food, small gifts, school supplies, and thoughtful notes.  Many shoeboxes were decorated, wrapped with paper, or even replaced by recyclable and gently used bags. This is the 12th year that the Community Works in 96744 Coalition’s 5Rs Workgroup partnered with Darin Leong and John Au of Chinen & Arinaga, Financial Group Inc.  The 5Rs Workgroup members and community volunteers distributed shoeboxes to various social service agencies throughout the 96744 community and to the Kahuku, Kalaheo, and Kailua school complex and their communities.  This year, Waiahole Elementary School came in first place ($1,000) with a 241% participation rate of “number of shoeboxes collected” to the “total student enrollment” ratio.   Kaneohe Elementary came in second ($250) with 101% participation.  Monetary awards were generously provided by Chinen & Arinaga  Thank you to the Castle Complex students and their families for your generosity and commitment to supporting the 5Rs.  Extraordinary job!

5Rs Festival of Fun and Castle High School Showcase 2018

It is time for the 5Rs Festival of Fun & Castle High School Showcase! Click here to download the flyer.  Here are a couple of notes to keep in mind:

  • Students being recognized will be dropped off by schools under the escalator near Center Court at the following times:

10:45 am  Castle, King, Kapunahala, and Waiahole

11:20 am   Puohala, Heeia, and Kahaluu

11:35 am   Kaneohe, Ben Parker, and Ahuimanu

Parents and families, please do not linger hang the drop off area due to limited space.  Drop off your child ONLY at your scheduled time. 

  • Students will be picked-up in the area outside of the mall by 24/7 Dance.  Families will have a chance for photo opportunities with their child.
  • 5Rs School photos will be available around the end of March at tinyurl.com/5rshawaii.