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Celebrate Hawaiian culture, arts, and history at the 15th Annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival | Sep 10

Woman seated and playing instrument. Live Aloha, photo by Susan Fried

Live Aloha, photo by Susan Fried

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Festival will welcome attendees Sunday, September 10 at Seattle Center

SEATTLE –  Seattle Center Festál will host the 15th Annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, a free family-oriented event, giving attendees the opportunity to experience Hawai’i right here in the Pacific Northwest on Sunday, September 10th from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Armory Food & Event Hall, Mural Amphitheatre & Fisher Pavilion Rooftop. Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival is an opportunity to celebrate Hawaiian culture, arts, and history, and support relief efforts for those impacted by the devastating Maui wildfires. 

The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival aims to create a community-based “home” away from home by celebrating music, dance, history, and educational programs that preserve and continue the unique cultural heritage of Indigenous Hawai’i. Programming includes performances, Ono local food trucks and food vendors, fresh orchid lei making, educational workshops, craft activities for kids, and more.

“The goal of our One Seattle vision is to unite the various communities across the city, recognizing that our diversity makes us stronger,” said Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. “The Live Aloha Cultural Festival gives Seattleites the chance to celebrate the rich culture of our neighbors across the Pacific and also provides a way to support relief efforts for the families and communities impacted by the devastating wildfires in Maui.”

Guests can experience live traditional Hawaiian music and hula all day on two stages by master artists including Hi’ikua, ‘Uhe’uhene, Wehilei, and Aldrine Guerrero. Crafts and handmade products are available from artisans coming from Hawai’i, Oregon, Utah, Alaska, Canada, and Washington. Partake in a spam musubi contest/raffle, and enjoy performances from NW Blend, Neil Chin, and Halau Hula Ka Lei Mokihana I Ka Ua Noe.

“I am thrilled to welcome everyone to the Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival. Seattle Center has always been a hub of diverse cultural exchange, and this festival is an example of how we continue to foster unity through the Festál series,” said Seattle Center Interim Director Marshall Foster. “I hope the community will join us as we embrace the spirit of ‘Live Aloha’ right here on our campus.”

Festival organizers will be accepting monetary donations at designated locations for those who wish to support relief efforts. Together, we can demonstrate the Aloha Spirit, and help Maui families and communities.

For a full schedule of festival activities, visit the Seattle Center website.

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 and

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 January to November, each with its own cultural focus, identity, and range of engaging activities. Seattle Center Festál is Where the World Gathers to celebrate the people, the places, the stories, and the traditions of the city’s communities. Seattle Center Festál is produced in partnership with 24 different community groups and supported by City of Seattle, Seattle Center Foundation, 4Culture, and KUOW. Festál is also part of the ArtsFund Cultural Partners Network.

About Seattle Center

Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts, and family gathering place in the core of our city and region. Seattle Center’s 74-acre campus, centered around the International Fountain, is part of the Uptown Arts & Cultural District and home to Climate Pledge Arena; more than 30 cultural, educational, sports, and entertainment organizations; and a broad range of public and community programs. In everything it does, Seattle Center’s mission is to create exceptional events, experiences, and environments which delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities.

Seattle Center has expanded its role to provide maintenance and public safety services for Seattle’s new Waterfront Park, a series of new public spaces on Seattle’s downtown waterfront between Pioneer Square and the Seattle Aquarium. Seattle Center supports managing these new waterfront public spaces in partnership with the non-profit Friends of Waterfront Seattle, which offers the community a range of recreational and cultural programming.  Thanks to the support of Official Seattle Center Partners – Alaska Airlines, The Climate Pledge, Coors Light, Pepsi, Premera Blue Cross, Symetra, T-Mobile, and WaFd Bank – Seattle Center is the #1 arts and entertainment destination in the Pacific Northwest with 12 million annual visitors, generating $1.864 billion in business activity and more than $631 million in labor income annually.