January 6-12, 2020
East Hawai’i Cultural Center
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center

East Hawai’i Cultural Center, Full Life Hawai’i, Abled Hawai’i Artists, 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.


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 and 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, 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

Email Artistic Director, Lily Raabe, for more information and a full press release:



All programs and events free-of-charge! Walk-ups welcome, seating not guaranteed - we recommend arriving early to get a good spot or reserving in advance. We also honor special requests for special seating arrangements.

Online reserved seating and accessible accommodations are live - go to our calendar to reserve your FREE tickets. 



What We’re All About

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. 

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. 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!