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15th 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…

SATURDAY
10:00 a.m. Tahitian and Hawaiian Performances – Tupua Productions
10:15 a.m. Kiribati Dance Demonstration – Kiribati Dancers
10:40 a.m. Maori and Tahitian Performances – Tupua Productions
11:45 a.m. Samoan and Cook Islander Performances – Tupua Productions
12:20 p.m. Traditional Hawaiian Performance (hula kahiko) – Halau O Lilinoe
12:30 p.m. Hula Implements – Halau O Lilinoe
12:55 p.m. Modern Hawaiian Performance (hula ‘auana) – Halau O Lilinoe
1:40 p.m. Traditional & Modern Hawaiian Hula Performances – Halau O Lilinoe
2:30 p.m. Maori and Hawaiian Performances – Hālau Nā Pua Lehua I Ka Ua Noe
3:10 p.m. Tahitian and Hawaiian Performances – Hālau Nā Pua Lehua I Ka Ua Noe
3:30 p.m. Maori Poi Balls – Hālau Nā Pua Lehua I Ka Ua Noe
4:30 p.m. Maori and Hawaiian Performances – Hālau Nā Pua Lehua I Ka Ua Noe
SUNDAY
10:00 a.m. Micronesian Chamorro Cultural Modern presentation – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
10:15 a.m. Pelito and Acho: Chamoru Sticks and Rocks Implements — Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
10:40 a.m. Ancient Chamoru Micronesian Cultural presentation – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
11:45 a.m. Micronesian Ancient/Modern Chamorro cultural presentation – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
12:20 p.m. Tahitian and Hawaiian Performances – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu
12:30 p.m. Hula Implements – Na Hoa O ka Hale Kanu
12:55 p.m. Maori, Tahitian, Hawaiian, and Performances – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu
1:40 p.m. Tahitian and Hawaiian Performances – Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu
2:30 p.m. Heritage Award Ceremony Honoring Peniamina Sefo Taito with Opening Performance by Tupua Productions
3:10 p.m. Samoan and Cook Islander Performances – Tupua Productions
3:30 p.m. Samoan Slap Dance: Fa’ataupati – Tupua Productions
4:00 p.m. Maori and Tahitian Performances – Tupua Productions

Demonstrations & Activities / Great Hall

Hawaiian Lei Making – E Hula Mau / Na Mamo
Fijian Cultural Artifacts – Colin & Zelda King
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.
Kiribati Cultural Display and Pacific Rising.
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.

*Presented by Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP)

Heritage Award Presentation

Honda Blue Cavern
Sunday, June 3 at 2:30 p.m.

Honoring Peniamina Sefo Taito



Pacific Islander Festival Coordinator:
W. Keikilani Lyons

All programs subject to change and weather dependent

Pair of hula dancers
Event Information
When Saturday, Jun 2, 2018 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Sunday, Jun 3, 2018 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
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
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