KANE'OHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - Windward Community College presents the 2nd Annual Palikû Arts Festival, a unique interactive arts experience, set for March 31, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in and around the grounds of Palikû Theatre on the Windward Community College campus in Kaneohe. Last year's festival was hugely successful, attracting approximately 4,000 people!
A family friendly event, the Palikû Arts Festival will include a free performance at Palikû Theatre and fun hands-on opportunities to get involved in art, music, literature, theatre and movement. The festival is free to the public and open to all ages. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume or festive clothing. 'Ono food will be available from shave ice to crepes and curry.
The festival's emphasis is on "doing" art. Windward CC 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:
• 'Ukulele workshops with Ron and Pomai Loo
• Music workshops with Sojin Kimura
• Getting Started on Garage Band with Renee Arakaki - Making music on your computer
• Raku Firing Demonstration with Paul Nash
• Camera Obscura with Mark Hamasaki
• Open Drawing Studio with Snowden Hodges and Norm Graffam - draw or have your portrait drawn
• Poetry with Janine Oshiro
• 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
• Tie dye squares with Toni Martin
• Printmaking with the Honolulu Printmakers
• 3 Dimensional art with Bryce Myers
• Glass blowing with Dustin Hart, and much more!
Recognized Windward CC arts professors and instructors who will be participating in the festival include Snowden Hodges and Norm Graffam (drawing and painting), Toni Martin (design and color), Mark Hamasaki (photography), Ron Loo ('ukulele), Paul Nash (ceramics), Bryce Meyers (sculpture), Rob Molyneux (printmaking), Janine Oshiro (poetry), Sojin Kimura (music), Aaron Sala (music), and Nicolas Logue (drama/theatre).
Palikû Theatre will feature a FREE performance at 2:00 p.m. of How I Became a Pirate, directed by Ron Bright, a musical version of the popular children's book.
At Gallery 'Iolani an exhibit of Wayne Levin's photos of Kalaupapa, Moloka'i will be on view; his new book of photographs of the Hansen's disease settlement at Kalaupapa will be published in 2012. Or, attendees can observe art at work with demonstrations in open studios-painting, piano, ceramic and photography labs-in Hale Pâlanakila.
On stage, a variety of musical acts will perform, including The Royal Hawaiian Band, The 111th Hawai'i Army National Guard Band (jazz), The Robert Joyce Experience, rock band Alice Neel, featuring Dieter Runge, and other windward musical and stage talent.