Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival will take place on September 10, 2023 at the Armory Food & Event Hall and Mural Amphitheatre. The festival is part of the Seattle Center Festál series.
Seattle Center Festál is a year-round series of 24 free cultural festivals, produced in partnership with community organizations. In 2022, Festál celebrated 25 years of stories and traditions, ushering in a new era of hybrid programming. Learn more about Festál and subscribe to the newsletter for updates.
Seattle Center Festál presents Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival in partnership with the Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival Committee. The festival shares cultural roots and contemporary influences of Hawaii through music, hula, ono food, marketplace, workshops, and more.
In 2018, Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 1778, there were 1,000,000 Hawaiians living and thriving on the Hawaiian Islands. By 1822 and the introduction of missionaries and disease, there were only 200,000 pure Hawaiians alive. By 1922, there were only 24,000. Today, there are less than 8,000 alive.
There are over 50,000 Native Hawaiians living in Washington State.
A common misconception is all people from Hawaii are Hawaiians. Hawaiian is a culture, race, language, and an indigenous group of people. The ancient Hawaiians felt a deep connection with nature and explained everything from the creation of Earth to the lava that formed the Hawaiian Islands through the stories of their gods and goddesses.
Early Hawaiians were master non-instrument navigators. Using only the sun, moon, stars, and waves, the Hawaiians were known to traverse the Pacific, resulting in the occupations of many small islands in Polynesia.
The I’olani Palace, completed in 1882, was the official residence of the Hawaiian monarchs. It was ahead of its time and outfitted with the most up-to-date amenities, including the first electric lights in Hawaii, indoor plumbing, and a telephone.