Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival Features Music, Hula, Ono Food, Workshops and More

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Festival will welcome attendees Sunday, September 11  

SEATTLE – Seattle Center Festál will host the Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival Sunday, September 11, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Armory Food & Event Hall, Mural Amphitheatre and Fisher Pavilion Rooftop. The festival is family-oriented, free and open to the public.

“Live Aloha Festival is a gathering of the Hawaiian Community to celebrate its culture, food, and most of all, fellowship,” said Lorna Deryk, Live Aloha committee member and workshop coordinator. “It’s a time to sing, dance and laugh ‘til our bellies hurt. Live Aloha is a celebration of ohana—family.”

Following an opening ceremony, Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival features a full lineup of performers, vendors, workshops, a raffle and a Spam musubi eating contest.

The festival provides a full day of learning and experiencing Hawaiian culture in a family friendly and inviting environment.

Ei Nei is this year’s headliner, with special guest appearances by three-time Grammy© Award winner Kalani Pe’a and Ukulele Underground co-owner Aldrine Guerrero.

“The goal of One Seattle is to unite the various communities across the city to uplift and celebrate our diversity,” said Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. “Live Aloha gives Seattleites the chance to experience the rich cultural heritage of our neighbors across the Pacific through traditional Hawaiian music and dance performances, delicious food, and hands-on workshops.”

The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival serves to promote and share the Hawaiian culture here in the Pacific Northwest by enriching and strengthening the Hawaiian community and celebrating the arts and culture of Hawai’i.

“Festál festivals are home to so many wonderful local communities,” said Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams. “Seattle Center is proud to host these gatherings.”

There is something for everyone at Live Aloha: ono local food, fresh orchid lei making, craft activities for the kids, live music and hula all day plus tons of crafts and products from artists coming from Hawai’i, Oregon, Utah, Alaska, Canada and Washington.

About Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival

In 2018, Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The festival’s committee is passionate about Hawaiian culture, providing an opportunity for the more than 50,000 Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders who live in the Pacific Northwest to immerse themselves in food, music, hula and crafts.

More information on the festival is available at seattlecenter.com and seattlelivealohafestival.com.

About Seattle Center Festál

Seattle Center Festál cultivates a deeper understanding of the cultures and ethnic diversity that contribute to the rich vibrancy of the Pacific Northwest. This unique series links together 24 free festivals presented on weekends from February to November, each with its own cultural focus, identity, and range of engaging activities. 2022 commemorates the 25th Anniversary of Festál, ushering in a new era of hybrid programs during this return to in-person events. Seattle Center Festál is where the world will gather to celebrate the people, the places, the stories, the traditions, and the next 25 years of innovation. Seattle Center Festál is produced in partnership with 24 different community groups and supported by 4Culture, City of Seattle, and Seattle Center Foundation. Festál is also part of the ArtsFund Cultural Partners Network.

About Seattle Center

Seattle Center is celebrating 60 years with all that is “New, Now, and Next” as Seattle’s hub for arts, sports, community events, and cultural festivals. Originally built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, the dynamic 74-acre campus has transformed over the years to respond to, reflect, and represent the region’s ever-broadening community. Seattle Center and its iconic International Fountain are often referred to as the “Heart of Seattle,” serving as a treasured community gathering place where the local, regional, national, and international visitors come together every day. Today more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations reside on the grounds, along with a diverse variety of public programs and thousands of events attracting more than 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, part of Uptown Arts & Cultural District and home to Climate Pledge Arena, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences, and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.864 billion in business activity and $631 million in labor income.

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