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Seattle Live Aloha Festival 2010!

17 Sep

On Sunday, September 12th we ventured down to the Seattle Center for a welcome slice of the islands.  We attended the third annual Live Aloha Festival in the shadow of the Space Needle.  Luckily all the aloha spirit in the air brought with it a big burst of sunshine.  Of course, it still would have been fun in the rain but our blood’s gotten a little thin after living in Hawai’i and I’m sure cool weather lowers the festival’s attendance.

Luckily there was a talented array of Hawaiian musicians, dancers, and vendors keeping the spirits high all afternoon!

http://www.seattlelivealohafestival.com/index.php/home.html

They were also showing Hawai’i focused documentaries all afternoon, including “Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai’i”.  This is a super powerful film and we were lucky enough to have seen the world premiere at the 2008 Hawai’i International Film Festival.  Watch this film and you will never think of Hawai’i in the same way again!

http://www.nohohewa.com/

Halfway through the festival we took a detour to Seattle’s waterfront, explored the Olympic Sculpture Garden, and watched a sea gull almost collide with a harbor seal!  We had been watching the harbor seal swimming around and poking its head out of the water for a couple minutes.  Then next time the seal came up for air a sea gull happened to be simultaneously swooping across the water leading to a near harbor seal/sea gull collision.  The seal reared its head up out of the water in shock, the sea gull took extreme evasive maneuvers, and the harbor seal let out several angry “ARF, ARF, AAAARFs!!!!” before swimming away in a hurry.  Maybe you had to be there, but it was hilarious.

We returned to the Seattle Center just in time to watch Grammy Nominated slack key guitarist Cyril Pahinui play a set as the sun was going down and the temperature was getting cooler.

http://www.cyrilpahinui.com/

Here’s a couple of videos we took of his performance:

Overall we had a great time and can’t wait to attend the 2011 festival…that is if we haven’t succumb to our intermittent desire to move back to Hawai’i.  We love Seattle but attending events like this makes it difficult to not consider moving back to the islands for all the good food, music, and people.  We miss you all!!

Like the good Northwest transplants we are, we closed the day’s festivities with a visit to a brewery we had never been to: Naked City Brewery in Greenwood.  They have great beers, happy hour all day on Sundays, and a low key atmosphere.  Check it out.

http://nakedcitybrewing.com/

Until next time…Live Aloha!