Seattle’s Aloha Live Hawaiian cultural festival spotlights Hawaiian artists hit hard by the pandemic

Seattle Center Festál: Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 12, streaming highlights music, hula, workshops, hands-on experiences Hawaiian learning and an expanded virtual vendor market.

With a theme of Na Mele O Hawai’i, the 13th annual festival brings together bands and musicians in Hawai’i who have been hit especially hard by the COVID pandemic. It includes a self-produced performance recorded by each of the talented groups from their home or similar environment, sharing a more personal goal to deepen the human connection. Master luthier Joe D’Souza of Kanileʻa ʻUkulele also joins the festival to talk about the making of a newly built Ma’oli’ ukulele and explain how reforestation efforts are critical to instrument making and the health of Hawaiian culture.

Beyond the streaming event, the festival offers workshops and presentations on hula, language, history and culture from their website:, including including segments offered by the Iolani Palace and the Bishop Museum.

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Seattle Center Festál shines a light on the culturally rich communities that help shape the character and course of our region. The series, presented almost entirely virtually in 2021, provides a forum for cultural groups to come together and share their stories with the wider community. The series began in 1997 to give festivals a central place to invite the public to join in their unique cultural expression.

Seattle Center presents Seattle Center Festál: Live Aloha Hawaiian Culture Festival in partnership with Seattle Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival (501c3 organization) and its committee of volunteers. Streaming is free. For more information, visit or call 206-684-7200.

Darcy J. Skinner