Live Aloha Art Festival

Program type: 
Monday, January 6, 2020 - 10:00am to Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 4:00pm

What: Live Aloha Art Festival (LAAF)

When: January 6-12, 2020

Where: East Hawai’i Cultural Center & ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

Tickets All events are free and open to the public.

All donations will directly support production costs and participating artists.

The Live Aloha Art Festival (LAAF) announces 2020
schedule of events: January 6-12, 2020.
HILO (Dec 4, 2020) — Full Life Hawai’i, Abled Hawai’i Artists, East Hawai’i Cultural Center, Kozmo Mimzi Theater and The New Alchemists are proud to announce the second annual Live Aloha Art Festival (LAAF), scheduled for January 10-12, 2020, with public workshops beginning January 6. 
Featuring live music by local artists, new plays created by a diverse ensemble of community members and students from Waiakea HS and UH Hilo, a short film festival, puppetry, visual art, and conversations that build community by celebrating the rich and complex identities of Hilo’s residents - all programs of the Live Aloha Art Festival will be offered free-of-charge.
During the week leading up to the festival, LAAF artists will lead community workshops in songwriting, community-engaged theatre making, and puppetry with local communities including: Full Life Hawai’i and Abled Hawai’i Artists, Waiakea HS Drama students, the UH Drama Club, and the general public.
Although some workshops will be on closed campuses, our puppetry workshops - co-facilitated by Kozmo Mimzi Theatre, Full Life Hawai’i, Abled Hawai’i Artists, and The New Alchemists - offer a unique opportunity for any community member to join us at EHCC to build large-scale festival puppets leading up to the second annual #Puppets4Peace parade on Friday afternoon in downtown Hilo and culminating at EHCC with a special guest appearance by Gamelan of the Molten Blossom, and wontons from Any Kine Wontons.
This festival is part of our collaborative work to increase the number of ongoing, creative projects that help to activate downtown Hilo - making it a more vibrant city center for the entire community. LAAF actively instigates exchange and collaboration between artists of different disciplines both on and off-island with the intention of providing additional support and opportunity for Hilo’s artists, with a focus on emerging and nontraditional talent - such as our support of the talented and differently abled artists participating in Full Life programming.
Festival organizers are committed to honoring Hawaiian heritage by working with multicultural communities of all ages and abilities to explore how traditional values, like “living aloha”, can be surfaced and centered in the community holistically. The festival is still in its beginning phases, so we hope you’ll join us in 2020, and if you are interested in participating in some way or have questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Schedule of Events
  • January 6-10
Workshops with community partners including Waiakea High School, University of Hilo,
Full Life Hawai’i, and local songwriters.
Publicly accessible Puppet Making workshops in the EHCC Annex:
Mon/Wed 2:00pm-5:00pm
Tues/Thur 10am-12:30pm
  • Friday, January 10
4:00pm -- Second Annual #Puppets4Peace Parade in downtown Hilo
5:00pm -- Special workshop with Gamelan of the Molten Blossom (ages 11+), and
wontons from Any Kine Wontons
  • Saturday, January 11
6:00pm -- EHCC Open Gallery and Art Reception, wontons from Any Kine Wontons
7:30pm -- 24-hour Play Festival and Songwriters Showcase at EHCC with local
talent from Waiakea HS, Full Life Hawai’i, Abled Hawai’i Artists, University of Hilo +more
  • Sunday, January 12
4:00pm -- Live Aloha Film Festival at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center - Featuring artists
Marc Takahashi, Alika Maikau, and a series of shorts by Full Life and Abled Hawai’i
Artists, +more
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