Arts and sciences intersect at Palikū Arts Festival

Building STEAM” is the theme at this year’s Palikū Arts Festival, a unique interactive arts experience set for Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in and around the Palikū Theatre, plaza and art and science spaces on campus. The festival is free to the public and open to all ages. All art supplies are provided.

“This year’s theme invites people to note the common ground between the arts and the sciences—the art of science and the science of art,” said festival co-chair Ben Moffat. “Scientists and artists have more in common than many people think.

For example, scientists often use intuition in their research, and they have to be creative in designing experiments—and artists often geek-out about their materials and techniques.”

The festival’s emphasis is on playing and exploring artful interests that intersect with science.

WCC art professors, instructors and their students will be on hand with supplies 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:

  • Tie-dye making in front of the gallery with Toni Martin
  • Gyotaku fish printing with Michelle Smith
  • Puppet making with Sarah Hadmack (ages 2 and up)
  • Face painting
  • Blue Zones Project spin bike
  • Ceramics activity and demonstration with Jake Jackson
  • Piano open lab
  • Open drawing studio–draw or have your portrait drawn
  • Woodcarving with Jordan Souza
  • 3D sculpture with Bryce Myers
  • Stage combat demonstrations

Improvisation performance with students of theatre director Taurie Kinoshita

Screenwriting and life writing workshops with Desiree Poteet

Write a Poem, Make a Book workshop with Susan St. John

T-shirt printing

Hakipu‘u Learning Center Arts

Stage performers, and much more!

At 1:11 p.m., there will be a Palikū Arts Festival “Art Strut” where attendees are encouraged to come in costume or festive clothing, or they can dress-up at the festival.

Palikū Theatre will run two free performances of a world premiere Hawaiian Youth Theatre play entitled The Epic Voyage of Kāne‘āpua, based on Hawaiian folk tales written and directed by Moses Goods and performed by WCC Theatre 260 students and alumni.

 The show is appropriate for all ages. The 45-minute performances are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Gallery ‘Iolani will be open with its new exhibit, “Brave New World,” which features young artists who studied at WCC and are now professional artists.

The Hōkūlani Imaginarium will be showing a 30-minute family-friendly fulldome show about lunar and solar eclipses called Totality.

The show runs at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $3. The Imaginarium will also run a free show called Music of the Spheres at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Displays of deep-sea fish x-rays, volcano eruptions, NASA rocket and the Hōkūle‘a voyaging canoe will be at Hale ‘Imiloa, in addition to activities for kids such as gyotaku fish printing and plant pressing.

On the outdoor stage, a variety of musical acts will perform, including the Royal Hawaiian Band, BYU-Hawai‘i’s Shaka Steel Band, The Jeff Ho & Mike Kato Jazz Experience and other Windward area talent.

‘Ono food will be available from Erin’s Shave Ice, coffee, sandwiches and frappes from The Hub Coffee Shop at the WCC library and more.

For more information about the festival, go to or contact festival co-chairs Ben Moffat at 724-1808 or or So Jin Kimura at

by Ka ‘Ohana, News Staff