Palikū Arts Festival celebrates the creative spirit

Paliku-artsWCC will be having its 6th annual Palikū Arts Festival on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Palikū Theatre Plaza and Hale Pālanakila art spaces. Students and their ‘ohana are welcome at the free event, which brings together WCC art students and artists from the community and provides hands-on art activities.

“Art is such a great feeling,” said festival co-chair Ben Moffat. “I hope that more people get into art.”

Attendees will find opportunities to explore music, writing, carving, painting and much more. Besides the free admission, free art supplies will be provided.

There will also be musical entertainment from The Royal Hawaiian Band, BYU-Hawai‘i’s Shaka Steel Band and other windward community talent.

Palikū Theatre will have two free 40-minute performances of a world premiere play called Tales of Ko‘olaupoko. Gallery ‘Iolani will have its new exhibition featuring Hawai‘i Glass Artists and demonstrations. This year’s festival will also feature a poetry reading by the Language Arts Oasis at Hale Mānaleo.

Moffat said that with cuts to art funding and programs on campus, he hopes the festival will inspire more people to get involved with art.

“Sharing creativity, sharing creative energy,” he said. “It’s so healing to bring what’s inside out.”

For more information, contact Moffat at 724-1808 or

by Dutches K. Richards, Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter