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14th Annual

Pacific Islander Festival

Discover the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands. Experience traditional island music, dance, and cultural crafts. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, and Hawaiian games. See artisans demonstrate their traditional art of weaving. Hawaiian, Samoan, Tahitian, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Kiribati, Marshallese, and Maori cultures will be featured. A tropical getaway awaits…

Entertainment Schedule


  • 10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. Tahitian Performances – Hitia O Te Ra
  • 12:20 p.m., 12:55 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. Hawaiian Performances – Halau O Lilinoe
  • 2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m. Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Maori Performances – Halau Hula a Kawika Laua o Leinani


  • 10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m. Chamoru Performances – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
  • 11:45 a.m. Heritage Award Ceremony Honoring Regina “Ning” Quenga with opening performance by Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
  • 12:20 p.m., 12:55 p.m., 1:40 p.m. Maori, Hawaiian, and Tahitian Performances – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu
  • 2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m. Samoan, Maori, Marshallese, and Tahitian Performances – Tupua Productions

Cultural Demonstrations


  • 10:20 a.m. Dance Demonstration — Kiribati Dancers
  • 12:30 p.m. Hula Implements – Halau O Lilinoe
  • 3:30 p.m. Maori Poi Balls – Halau Hula a Kawika Laua o Leinani


  • 10:30 a.m. Pelito and Acho: Chamoru Sticks and Rocks Implements — Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
  • 12:30 p.m. Hula Implements – Na Hoa O ka Hale Kanu
  • 3:30 p.m. Samoan Slap Dance: Fa’ataupati – Tupua Productions

Demonstrations and Activities / Great Hall

  • Hawaiian Lei Making – E Hula Mau / Na Mamo
  • Fijian Cultural Artifacts – Colin & Zelda King
  • Kiribati Cultural Display
  • Hawaiian Pandanus / Ti-Leaf Weaver (Ka Ulana Lauhala / Ka Ulana Lauki)*
  • Hawaiian Tattoo (Na Kakau) and Hawaiian Games (Na Pa’ani Hawai’i)*
  • Samoan Cultural Artifacts*
  • Tongan Cultural Artifacts*
  • Marshallese Coconut/Pandanus Weavers* – See how this traditional woven craftwork is made and purchase selected items.

*Presented by Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP).

Kiribati Cultural Display and Pacific Rising / Great Hall

Pacific Rising is an initiative to help prepare residents of many Pacific Island nations to adapt and thrive in the face of climate change and sea level rise. Many Pacific Islanders will have to find new homes because their islands will be underwater by the end of this century. One of islands most directly affected by sea level rise is Kiribati. Learn about the people and culture of Kiribati and how we can help them and other Pacific Islanders in this crisis. The Aquarium is partnering with Pacific Rising and Conservation International to take a lead role in public education and outreach for the Pacific Rising project.

Heritage Award Presentation

Honda Blue Cavern – Sunday, June 4 at 11:45 a.m.
Honoring Regina “Ning” Quenga

Pacific Islander Festival Coordinator: W. Keikilani Lyons

Pacific Islander Festival
Event Information

Cost Included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.
Coupon $10 off Adult Admission
Tickets Members get in free. Simply show your card at the entrance.
Not a member? General admission is required. You can purchase tickets online.
Info (562) 590-3100, ext. 0