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.                            ###