Palikū Arts Festival on April 5

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

Windward Community College
Bonnie J Beatson, (808) 235-7374
Windward Community College
Rob Molyneux
Festival coordinator, printmaking instructor, Humanities
Posted: Mar 12, 2014

"Do Art" at Paliku Arts Festival on April 5.
"Do Art" at Paliku Arts Festival on April 5.

Windward Community College presents the 4th Annual Palikū Arts Festival, a unique interactive arts experience on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in and around the Palikū Theatre plaza and Hale Palanakila art spaces on the Windward Community College campus in Kāneʻohe. Last year’s festival attracted more than 4,000 visual and performing art, and music lovers from all areas of O‘ahu! The festival is free to the public and open to all ages.

A family friendly event, the Palikū Arts Festival will feature two free WCC Hawaiian Youth Theatre performances of 'The Charge of ‘Ai‘ai' at Palikū Theatre, along with a kanikapila with Ka‘ala Carmack and Hoku Award-winning group Kaukahi. Attendees are encouraged to bring an instrument or voice to join in the fun on stage.

There will be shows at the Imaginarium and hands-on opportunities to get involved in art, music, literature, theatre and movement guided by WCC art faculty and students. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume or festive clothing. ‘Ono food will be available from Erinʻs Shave Ice, Crepes No Ka Oi and India Café, pizza, and coffee and frappes from The Hub Coffee Shop.

“We invite you to ‘Do Art!’ This festival has an open and adventurous ‘learn-by-doing’ vibe. We provide free art supplies and guidance, so you and your family can play!  You can take home whatever you create.” said festival co-chair Rob Molyneux.

The festival’s emphasis is on “doing” art. 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, masks, poetry and prose. A sampling of creative activities include:

  • Music workshops with So Jin Kimura
  • Garage Band with Renee Arakaki – Making music on your computer   (more)
  • Pottery Wheel for Kids with Paul Nash
  • Camera Obscura with Mark Hamasaki   
  • Open Drawing Studio with Norm Graffam – draw or have your portrait drawn
  • Woodcarving with Jordan Souza
  • Hawaiian fiber art with Lufi Luteru
  • Clay sculpture with Bryce Meyers
  • Stage Combat with Nick Logue
  • Mask making with Yukie Shiroma
  • Screen printing with Rob Molyneux—bring your own shirt to be printed or buy one
  • Printmaking with the Honolulu Printmakers
  • Acting with Taurie Kinoshita
  • Screenwriting and fiction writing workshops with Desiree Poteet
  • Kanikapila with Ka‘ala Carmack & Kaukahi—bring your instrument or voice!
  • Raku Firing Demonstrations, and much more!


Palikū Theatre will feature a kanikapila and FREE performances of 'The Charge of ‘Ai‘ai,' a tale for the keiki about the myths, legends and heroes of Hawai‘i, and good fun for the whole family.

11 a.m.–1 p.m.    Kanikapila with Ka‘ala Carmack and Kaukahi
10 a.m. & 2 p.m. 'The Charge of ‘Ai‘ai' (WCC Hawaiian Youth Theatre/Thea 260 students)


The Hōkūlani Imaginarium will be showing Secrets of the Dragon, a family-friendly fulldome show with a nominal fee of $3. Shows will run every 20 minutes.


At Gallery ‘Iolani, a new exhibit titled “Art Faculty Exhibit 2014” will feature ceramics, drawing and painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture by WCC faculty artists Norman Graffam, Antoinette Martin, Lufi Luteru, Rob Molyneux, Bryce Myers, Paul Nash and Jordan Souza. Or, attendees can observe art at work with demonstrations in open studios—painting, piano, ceramic and photography labs—in Hale Palanakila.


On the outdoor stage a variety of musical acts will perform including The Royal Hawaiian Band, The 111th Hawai‘i Army National Guard Band Hawaiian Combo, The Hawai‘i Barbershop Quartet, WCC ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar students under the direction of Kamuela Kimokea, The Kailua High School Band, local rock favorites Sonic Incarnation and Stone Elephants, and other Windward area talent.

For more information, go to or contact Palikū Arts Festival co-chair Rob Molyneux, or Bonnie Beatson, 235-7374,


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