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13th Annual

Pacific Islander Festival

Discover the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands through traditional craft demonstrations, ethnic cuisine, educational programs, and live 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 thirteenth annual Pacific Islander Festival will feature various cultures, including Hawaiian, Marshallese, Tahitian, Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Kiribati, and Maori.

Entertainment Schedule


  • 10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. – Tahitian Performances – Hitia O Te Ra
  • 12:20 p.m. Heritage Award Ceremony honoring Alena Uhamaka
  • 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., 11:45 a.m. Samoan, Maori, Marshallese, and Tahitian Performances – Tupua Productions
  • 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. Hawaiian and Tahitian Performances – Le Polynesia

Cultural Demonstrations


  • 10:30a.m. and 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. – Samoan Sasa Dance – Tupua Productions
  • 12:30 p.m. – Hula Implements – Na Hoa O ka Hale Kanu
  • 3:30 p.m. – Tahitian demonstration – Le Polynesia

Cultural Displays and 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 – Marlena Vaifale*
  • Tongan Cultural Artifacts – Famili Pe Taha*
  • 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

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 – Saturday, June 4 at 12:20 p.m.

Honoree- Alena Uhamaka

Event 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