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11th Annual

Pacific Islander Festival

Discover the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands through traditional craft demonstrations, ethnic cuisine, educational programs, storytelling, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Watch hula, listen to Tahitian drumming, try out ancient Hawaiian games, enjoy island cuisine, and admire artisans as they create traditional weavings.

The eleventh annual Pacific Islander Festival will feature various cultures, including Hawaiian, Fijian, Marshallese, Chamoru, Tahitian, Samoan, Tokelau, Tongan, and Maori.

In celebration of World Ocean Day on June 8, the festival will include special presentations and educational programming focused on global ocean issues that affect people, particularly those living on Pacific Islands.

Festival Schedule:

Saturday

  • 10:00 a.m. Tahitian performance – Hitia O Te Ra
  • 10:40 a.m. Tahitian performance – Hitia O Te Ra
  • 11:00 a.m. Polynesian Culture and Ocean Conservation
  • 11:30 a.m. Hula Implements demonstration – Halau Hula a Kawika Laua o Leinani
  • 11:45 a.m. Tahitian performance – Hitia O Te Ra
  • 12:00 p.m. Polynesian Culture and Ocean Conservation presentation
  • 12:20 p.m. Heritage Award honoring Artland Ka`ai
  • 12:30 p.m. Hula Implements demonstration – Halau Hula a Kawika Laua o Leinani
  • 12:55 p.m. Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Maori performances – Halau Hula a Kawika Laua o Leinani
  • 1:00 p.m. Polynesian Culture and Ocean Conservation presentation
  • 1:40 p.m. Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Maori performances – Halau Hula a Kawika Laua o Leinani
  • 2:00 p.m. Polynesian Culture and Ocean Conservation presentation
  • 2:30 p.m. Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Maori performances – Halau Hula a Kawika Laua o Leinani
  • 3:10 p.m. Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Maori performances – Halau Hula a Kawika Laua o Leinani
  • 3:30 p.m. Hula Implements demonstration – Halau Hula a Kawika Laua o Leinani
  • 4:00 p.m. Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Maori performances – Halau Hula a Kawika Laua o Leinani

Sunday

  • 10:00 a.m. Chamoru performance – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
  • 10:40 a.m. Chamoru performance – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
  • 11:00 a.m. Polynesian Culture and Ocean Conservation
  • 11:30 a.m. Pelito and Acho: Chamoru sticks and rocks implements — Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
  • 11:45 a.m. Chamoru performance – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
  • 12:00 p.m. Polynesian Culture and Ocean Conservation presentation
  • 12:20 p.m. Maori, Hawaiian, and Tahitian Performances – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu
  • 12:30 p.m. Hula Implements demonstration – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu
  • 12:55 p.m. Maori, Hawaiian, and Tahitian Performances – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu
  • 1:00 p.m. Polynesian Culture and Ocean Conservation presentation
  • 1:40 p.m. Maori, Hawaiian, and Tahitian Performances – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu
  • 2:00 p.m. Polynesian Culture and Ocean Conservation presentation
  • 2:30 p.m. Samoan, Maori, Marshallese, and Tahitian Performances — Tupua Productions
  • 3:10 p.m. Samoan, Maori, Marshallese, and Tahitian Performances — Tupua Productions
  • 3:30 p.m. Samoan Sasa Dance Demonstration – Tupua Productions
  • 4:00 p.m. Samoan, Maori, Marshallese, and Tahitian Performances — Tupua Productions

All programs subject to change and weather dependent.

Pacific Islander Festival
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Cost Included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.
Coupon $10 Off Adult admission with coupon (regular $28.95, just $18.95 with coupon) Please print the coupon and bring it to the ticket window during the festival.
Tickets General admission is required. You can purchase tickets online.
Members get in free. No reservation needed.
Info (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
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Demonstrations and Activities / Great Hall

  • Hawaiian Lei Making – E Hula Mau / Na Mamo
  • Hawaiian Pandanus / Ti-Leaf Weaver (Ka Ulana Lauhala / Ulanana Lau Ki)** – Jane Ka’ala Pang
  • Hawaiian Tattoo (Na Kakau) and Hawaiian games (Na Pa’ani Hawai’i)** – Charlene Kazner and Gill Kween
  • Samoan Cultural Artifacts** – Marlena Vaifale
  • Tongan Cultural Artifacts** – Famili Pe Taha
  • Marshallese Coconut/Pandanus Weavers** – See how this traditional woven craftwork is made.
  • EPA Fish Contamination Education Collaborative

**Presented by Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP)

Café Scuba Festival Menu:

  • Tortilla Soup
  • Teriyaki Beef Bowl - Grilled Teriyaki Beef, Steamed Rice, Sweet Snow Peas, and Broccoli
  • Hawaiian Pulled Pork - Slow Braised Pork, Shredded Cabbage, Cilantro, and Pineapple Relish
  • Pacific Seared Cod Fish Filet - Pacific Pan-Seared Cod Fish, Potato Wheel
  • Grilled Market Vegetables and Red Pepper Coulis
  • Sandpiper Panini - Grilled Chicken Breast, Sauteed Mushrooms, Swiss Cheese, Spinach, Lettuce, Tomato, and Aioli on Artisan Bread
  • Marshall Islands Cobb Salad - Apple Smoked Bacon, Romaine Salad, Hard Boiled Eggs, Fresh Avocado, Scallions, Tomatoes, and Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
  • Hawaiian Pizza - Pineapple and Ham
  • Dessert - Upside-Down Cake