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Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival is part of the Seattle Center Festál series and produced in partnership with the Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival Committee.

In 2022, Seattle Center Festál is celebrating 25 years of stories and traditions. The theme, "Where the World Gathers" links together the series of 24 free festivals presented throughout the year, each with a unique cultural focus, identity, and range of engaging activities.

The festival took place place in-person  September 11, 11am-7pm in the  Armory Food & Event Hall, Mural Amphitheatre, and Fisher Rooftop. View the highlights below.

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.

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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.

HISTORY

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.
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