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Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 15th Annual Pacific Islander Festival on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd. 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 the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Fijian, Tongan, Chamoru, Marshallese, Kiribati, and Maori cultures will be featured. Peniamina Sefo Taito will receive the Heritage Award at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 in recognition of his dedicated service to the Pacific Islander community.
All programs subject to change and weather dependent.
|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|
|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
Sunday, June 3 at 2:30 p.m. at Honda Blue Cavern – Honoring Peniamina Sefo Taito.
15th Annual Pacific Islander Festival
Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA
ADMISSIONS – Festival is included with general admission to the aquarium. $29.95 adult (12+), $25.95 senior (62+), and $17.95 child (3-11), and free for children under age three and Aquarium members
Print the coupon above or show on your mobile device. Link to offer: www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/pacific_islander_festival/
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