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16th Annual

Pacific Islander Festival

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Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s sixteenth annual Pacific Islander Festival.

The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, and artisan crafts. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori cultures will be featured.

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 Performance – Tupua Productions
12:20 p.m. Traditional Hawaiian Performance – Halau O Lilinoe
12:30 p.m. Hula Implements – Halau O Lilinoe
12:55 p.m. Modern Hawaiian Performance – 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
4:00 p.m. Maori and Hawaiian Performances – Hālau Nā Pua Lehua I Ka Ua Noe
SUNDAY
10:00 a.m. Mariana Islands Chamoru Cultural Presentation – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
10:15 a.m. Pelito and Acho: Chamoru Sticks and Rocks Implements – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
10:40 a.m. Mariana Islands Chamoru Cultural Presentation – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
11:45 a.m. Micronesian Chamoru Cultural Presentation – Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
12:20 p.m. Heritage Award Ceremony Honoring Rudy & Janice Ululani Cortez
12:30 p.m. Hula Implements – Halau O Lilinoe
12:55 p.m. Maori, Tahitian, and Hawaiian 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. Tahitian and Hawaiian Performances – Le Polynesia
3:10 p.m. Tahitian and Hawaiian Performances – Le Polynesia
3:30 p.m. Tahitian Drumming – Le Polynesia
4:00 p.m. Tahitian and Hawaiian Performances – Le Polynesia
DEMONSTRATIONS AND ACTIVITIES / GREAT HALL
Hawaiian Hair Adornment 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.

*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 | May 5 at 12:20 p.m.

Honoring Rudy & Janice Ululani Cortez




Pacific Islander Festival Coordinator: W. Keikilani Lyons

All programs subject to change and weather dependent

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