Palikū Arts Festival returns next month

After a one-year hiatus, the Palikū Arts Festival returns to campus Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with interactive arts experiences and entertainment around the Palikū Theatre, plaza and other spaces on campus. The theme of this year’s festival is “Come Play, Do Art.”

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,” said festival co-chair and creator Ben Moffat. “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.”

The festival’s emphasis is on playing and exploring artful interests. WCC art professors, instructors and their students will be on hand to assist those wanting 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:

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 there)

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. The 50-minute play is appropriate for all ages. Performances are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Gallery ‘Iolani will feature a new exhibit of art professor Mark Hamasaki’s photography on the cultural impact of the construction of the H-3 freeway.

At 12:15 p.m., Hōkūlani Imaginarium will show a family-friendly fulldome show Secrets of the Dragon and Losing the Dark PSA and a live sky show. Admission is $3.

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

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 or contact Palikū Arts Festival co-chairs

Ben Moffat at 724-1808 or or So Jin Kimura at


  • Tie-dye making in front of the Gallery ‘Iolani
  • 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 Nicolas Logue 
  • Improvisation performance with students of director Taurie Kinoshita   
  • Screenwriting and life writing workshops with Desiree Poteet
  • Poetry workshop with Susan St. John
  • Language Arts Oasis at Hale Manaleo with poetry and story readings, a haiku tree and book sale
  • T-shirt printing
  • Hakipu‘u Learning Center Arts
  • Hawaiian Art Village in Hale A‘o
  • Roaming pirates and performers


by Ka ‘Ohana, News Staff