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The festival will take place place in-person September 11, 11am-7pm in the Armory Food & Event Hall, Mural Amphitheatre, and Fisher Rooftop. It is free and open to the public.
The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival serves to promote, perpetuate and share the Hawaiian culture in the Pacific Northwest by enriching and strengthening the Hawaiian community and celebrating the arts and culture of Hawai'i.
This family-oriented cultural event is a great opportunity for Washington residents to experience the culture of Hawai'i that is available to them right here in the Pacific Northwest. The Census Bureau estimates that there are 50,000+ Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Washington state and that number is growing annually. Out of this number, 17,491 people migrated from Hawai'i to the Greater Seattle area from 1995-2000. As the population of Hawaiians grows in Washington, so does the number of generations born here away from their home and culture. The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival is Washington State's premier Hawaiian cultural showcase, a celebration of Hawaii's music, dance and history intended to preserve and perpetuate the unique island traditions.
Kanileʻa Armory Stage
Jonah Kahanuola Solatorio
Te Manu Tamariʻi a Tiare Na Kamaliʻi a Kiele
Northwest Blend is a unique Hawaiian band that offers an array of music with a special harmony.
Award winning artist and Maui, HI native Neal Chin, has been both an ‘ukulele educator and performer over the course of his musical career of 19 years. His clear and direct enthusiasm for music has come to life in countless workshops, concerts, and private instruction. While his heart is in jazz, Neal has played with many musicians of different genres including Hawaiian, folk, rock, and hip-hop. His contribution to the collective The Akira Project, won his first Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award in 2014 before moving up to the Pacific Northwest. Since then he has been nominated for the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for ‘Ukulele Album of the Year two years consecutively for ‘Ukulele Paintings and The Spotless Mind in 2017 & 2018, started his own ‘ukulele practice in the Pacific Northwest, and has toured from Vancouver Island BC to Milwaukee to his home state, Hawai’i . Neal currently lives, teaches, and performs in Seattle, WA.
Alaska Mural Stage
|11:00am||Hālau Hula o Napualani
Halau Hula O Napualani (HHON) Hawaiian School of Dance Seattle, Washington, was founded in 1977 by Kumu Gloria (Napualani). HHON is the oldest Hawaiian dance school (Halau) in Seattle, Washington. Kumu Gloria has trained roughly 40,000 students since HHON's founding. We hold classes in Seattle and Gig Harbor.
|1:15pm||Hālau Hula Ka Lei Mokihana I Ka Ua Noe
In August of 1996 with 5 dancers, Ka Lei Mokihana No Ke Akua was born. In August 2015, the hālau evolved to the next level and became Hālau Hula Ka Lei Mokihana I Ka Ua Noe. With the leadership of one of the original alakaʻi and charter member of the hālau, Noelani Ragudos is assisting to lead the hālau to the next level.
|2:30pm||Hālau Hula Pulamahiakalikolehua
3-time GRAMMY® Award winner (2022, 2019, 2017) Only Hawaiian artist to win in Regional Roots category
Kalani Peʻa sings everything from classical, musical, ballads, R&B, soul to traditional and original Hawaiian music, displaying his wide-ranging talents as a songwriter and music composer. His talent for lyrics is on display in his original Hawaiian songs alongside his affectionate bilingual arrangements of R&B favorites.
Kalani Pe’a’s third and most recent release Kau Ka Pe’a garnered his 3rd Grammy win in Regional Roots. He took home his 2nd Grammy Award in 2019 for his second CD No ‘Ane’i [We Belong Here], a release that hit #1 on iTunes World Music Charts and #11 on Billboard’s World Music Charts. His debut album E Walea won him his first Grammy® Award in 2017 for “Best Regional Roots Music Album”, which also received the 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Award (Hawai‘i’s “Grammy”) for Best Hawaiian Contemporary Album, making Hawaiian music history as the only album ever to win both a Grammy and Na Hoku.
|4:30pm||Spam Musubi Eating Contest|
2020 Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner
Hui! Ei Nei is composed of Dane Fujiwara (Wailuku), Grant Kono (Oneawa), and Ekolu Chang (Kāne`ohe). After having been on their own paths as musicians for some time with various individual accolades, Ei Nei began their musical journey together in 2016. In 2017, this new trio captured the title at the Made in Hawai‘i Kani Ka Pila Grille Talent Search. At the end of 2019, Ei Nei released their debut album Hui! debuting #1 on the iTunes World Chart. In 2020, they garnered several Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award nominations and won the 2020 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award as the MOST PROMISING ARTIST. Their 2021 release of Dear Lāna‘i was recently nominated for Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Single of the Year. Together, they feature a smooth vocal blend with rich harmonies and a refreshing glimpse into the traditional past with their sights set on the future of Hawaiian music.
Lots of crafts and activities for the keiki!
|11:15am-6:00pm||Fresh Flower Lei Making Balcony||Armory Balcony|
|12:00pm-3:00pm||Feather Flower Hair Piece||2nd Floor|
|12:00pm-1:00pm||The Making of the ʻUkulele with Joe Souza||Armory Loft 2|
|1:00pm-3:00pm||Kukui Nut Kupeʻe||Armory Loft 2|
|3:00pm-4:30pm||Ribbon Lei Making||Armory Loft 2|
Joclynn Costa will discuss Whatʻs in A Word? How are Hawaiian words misunderstood and misused.
|Armory Loft 3|
|12:45pm-1:45pm||First Line of Defense
Johanna Kamaunu will discuss the rights of the kanaka maoli, the indigenous people of Hawaiʻi.
|Armory Loft 3|
1839 Kumu Kanawai (Bill of Rights)
Understanding the Bill of Rights through the Hawaiian language. Kamaunu Kahaialii will discuss the Bill of Rights and what is lost in the English interpretation.
Armory Loft 3
|3:15pm-4:15pm||Kanaka Maoli vs. Native Hawaiian
Is a Native Hawaiian the same as a Kanaka Maoli? Does it matter? Who is to gain and who is to lose?
|Armory Loft 3|