California Polynesian & Tahitian Festivals


California Polynesian Festivals

FOSTER CITY Polynesian Festival Saturday, May 14, 2016 10am-5pm
‘E komo mai (welcome)! Bring the ‘ohana (family) and celebrate Polynesian Culture at the Foster City Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Polynesian Festival! This free event will be held on Saturday at Leo Ryan Park Amphitheatre. Superstitions of Polynesia: If you’ve ever wondered why bringing pork across the Pali in Hawaii or whistling at night is considered bad luck, come to the Festival and you’ll find out why! Polynesian Dance companies including Heilala O Polynesia of Newark, Hui Tarava of San Francisco, Kawailehua Hula Ohana of Milpitas, Manuia of Daly City, Merahi o Tehani of Union City, Motu’aina of Danville, Rahiti of Daly City, Te Fare Upa Here/Nemenzo of San Francisco, Te Pura O Te Rahura’a of South San Francisco and Tiare O Te Ao of Hercules. Cultural activities, arts and crafts booths, canoe rides offered by Ho’okahi Pu’uwai Outrigger Canoe Club, food and more! Admission is free. Food and drinks sold. Parking will be available at the Recreation Center, Library/Community Center and City Hall. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 286-3380. Don’t miss this exciting day of cultural activities, arts and crafts booths, canoe rides offered by Ho’okahi Pu’uwai Outrigger Canoe Club, food and more! Admission is free, however food and drinks are available for purchase. Learn all about the hip-shaking, drum beating "Dances of Tahiti" with interesting historical facts, as well as an important American contribution to the genre of the dance form! There will be colorful and spectacular cultural performances from award-winning professional Polynesian Dance companies. Parking  at the Recreation Center, Library Community Center, City Hall, and at the Parkside Towers parking garage.

ROHNERT PARK: Annual Pacific Islanders Festival August 27, 2016, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Rohnert Park City Center Plaza
475 City Center Dr.
Rohnert Park, CA
Free admission
Authentic Polynesian cuisine, special food items from all over the South Pacific, amazing entertainment, fabulous music and cultural activities. Lots of vendors offering Polynesian artifact merchandise, clothing, etc  Hosted by Rohnert Park Youth Football and Cheer Organization.

SAN DIEGO San Diego Ho'olaule'a April 30-May 1, 2016, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
San Diego Ho'olaule'a brings the Spirit of Aloha back to De Anza Cove Park. This event is all about sharing our Hawaiian Culture with all during our May Day Celebration, San Diego Style. Poi Pounding, Kapa workshop, Lei Making, and Lei Hulu ( the art of using Feathers) in the cultural village, non-stop music and hula on two stages, Boutique and food vendors and Kupuna tent so all Kupuna can have a place to sit with a nice view of the stage out of the sun. Most of all we have smiling faces from the shore to the park as we share the love for the Hawaiian culture and all the other cultures that call Hawaii home.

PLEASANTON MAY 7-8, 2016, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hawaiian May Day Festival May Day Festival Celebrates Hawaiian culture at Fairground $10 admission The first May Day Festival was held in 1985 at the Hayward Plunge. From 1989 to 1994, it was held at Cal State Hayward, until finally settling at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. This special event is held each year by the Kumu Hula Association of Northern California, which was founded in 1984 by the late Ehulani Enoka-Lum and continued by daughter Deanie Lum-Villiados. In addition to the May Day Festival, the Kumu Hula Association also organizes the Ia 'Oe E Ka La Hula Festival & Competition held each November.  Alameda County Fairgrounds (map) 4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton, CA

TORRANCE: Siale Festival August 20, 2016, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Free to public
3330 Civic Center Dr.
Torrance, CA 90503
Celebrated Pacific Islands culture through song, music and craft. A full day of entertainment on two stages. Highlighting Tongan traditional dance with a "Tau'olunga" competition. Also encouraging our young ladies to proudly represent their diverse island culture through a Little Miss Siale Festival Pageant. All while various cultural groups and musicians preform simultaneously on the outside stage. Come join us in the festivities!

SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita Valley Pacific Islander Festival May 7 -8, 2016, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
24151 Newhall Ave.
Newhall, CA
Free admission
Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Annual Pacific Islander Festival of Santa Clarita Valley, hosted by Kalakeke Pacific Island Dance Company held at William S. Hart Park in Newhall. This family event will feature live entertainment from local Polynesian Dance groups and Musical Artists. Enjoy Pacific Island food vendors and Island craft vendors. William S. Hart Park - Newhall, CA

SANTA FE SPRINGS May 21-22, 2016 Heritage of Aloha Festival 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Santa Fe Springs Heritage Park
12100 Mora Dr.
Santa Fe Springs, CA
Free admission
The Heritage of Aloha Festival is a 2-day hoʻolauleʻa, featuring a cultural marketplace, island food booths, ʻukulele contest, spam musubi eating contest, raffle grand prize (cruise to Hawaii), workshops, makahiki games, and continuous Hawaiian/Polynesian music and dance on a beautiful outdoor stage. Admission and parking is FREE!
Entertainment: Saturday May 21, 2016: Kaiolani Hula Studio | Aroha Tahi | 'Aina Creations 'Ukulele & Hula 'Ohana | Da Hawaiian Kitchen's Spam Musubi Eating Contest | Auntie Geri Kuhia & Mehana | Mele 'Uhane | Hitia o Te Ra | The 'Ukulele Stylings of Lisa Lee & Emeline Lee | Glory of Paradise | Bo Napoleon & The March | | Sunday May 22, 2016: Hula Praise with Na Hoa o Ka Hale Kanu | Pacific Talent Academy of the Arts | Halau Na Mamo 'O Pana'ewa | Le Polynesia | Kanile'a Ukulele Contest | Halau Hula a Kawika Iaua 'o Leinani | Josh Viloria | Tupua Productions

ELK GROVE Heiva Ma'ohi O' Patitifa August TBA of the Pacific Festival). Yearly festival. This year, it will be held at the California State Capital City of Sacramento at Luther Burbank H.S. Auditorium, 3500 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95823. This is a non-profit event with a mission to honor, educate, and preserve the traditions and culture of the Pacific Islander community. Again this year, our festival will be honored by Pacific Islander dignitaries, community leaders, community organizations, Pacific Islander groups from all over California, Nevada, Hawaii, and Tahiti. There will be traditional food, arts and crafts, games, vendors, entertainment, Tahitian dance competition and a Maeva Goo scholarship award. For questions contact or (916)753-3195

NORWALK: Southern California Hura Tahiti Tahitian Dance Competition July 1-2, 2016
Cerritos College
11190 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA
$10-up approx.

SAN MATEO San Francisco Bay Area Aloha Festival August 6-7, 2016 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
San Mateo County Event Center
1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo, CA 94403 The Pacific Islanders' Cultural Association (PICA) hosts Aloha Festival in August! For this year's event, it is held at the San Mateo County Event Center (home of the San Mateo County Fair) in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area. Admission is still free! The Pacific Islanders of the San Francisco Bay Area offer their talents in music and dance during this FREE ADMISSION, two-day festival of arts held during the first full weekend of every August. Entertainment highlights include Pacific Islander music as well as Polynesian dance. The festival will also feature arts & crafts vendors, island cuisine, educational exhibits and workshops, and an `Ohana Korner with simple games for the kids! This is an alcohol and drug free event.

SAN DIEGO Heiva San Diego-Solo Ori Tahiti Dance Competition August 20-21, 2016
Reva Tahiti Productions
Heiva San Diego-Solo Ori Tahiti Dance Competition Bringing Tahiti to San Diego, its culture and traditions, for a weekend of exciting and unique opportunities for our Polynesian community. Enjoy beauty, pageantry, an Authentic Tahiti Village, and a Polynesian and French Gourmet Cuisine as you unwind in this local-style Pavilion offering beautiful lighting and exotic flowers. Don't miss our live traditional show & music direct from Tahiti and her isles. The Concourse 202 C St San Diego, CA 92101

NEWARK:  Annnual Halau Hula 'O Kauanoemakalaukoa July 9, 2016, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Swiss Park
5911 Mowry Ave.
Newark, CA
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SAN FRANCISCO August 14-15, 2016 Aloha Poly Fest
Hawaiian/Polynesian festival inviting the public to celebrate and learn about cultures in and around the South Pacific through music, dance, food, crafts and more. Ben Ahn - Hawaiian song • Halau Hula 'o Pu'uwai - Hawaiian song & dance • Halau 'o Ku'ulei - Hawaiian and Tahitian song & dance • iMusic - Contemporary song • Island Vibes Dance Group - Hawaiian dance • Ka Ehu Kai - Hawaiian song • Ka Maile Hou 'O Kalani/Cathedral of Faith Hula Ministry - Hawaiian dance • Kua'aina - Hawaiian song • Leara Measina - Samoan, Hawaiian, Tahitian, Fijian dance • Lokes Looks Studio - Hawaiian dance • Makali'i - Hawaiian song • Pacific Vibes - Hawaiian song • Taimalieitane Islands of Polynesia - Hawaiian, Tahitian and Maori song & dance Hawaii - Samoa - Tonga - Tahiti - Fiji - Guam - Cook Islands - New Zealand  Location: TBA

SANTA CRUZ Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival August 21, 2016, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Santa Cruz Wharf This year the Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival joins in the celebration of the Wharf's 100th Anniversary! We'll celebrate the history of the Three Hawaiian Princes who first rode redwood surf boards at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River during the summer of 1885, years before the Wharf was built in 1914. Our Hawaiian connections continue to this day via the Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival. Designed especially for new and novice paddlers, the Celebrity races are a chance to discover the excitement of outrigger canoe racing. Join the fun or cheer for friends in the race. The Polynesian Festival follows with a taste of the tropics – fresh flower leis, shave ice, and dance performances., call 831-420-5273 or email. Cost: Festival FREE!

LONG BEACH Tiki Beach Festival August 20-21, 2016 Saturday: Sunrise to 9:30 pm Sunday: Sunrise to 7:00 pm Admission is FREE - Food, Beverage and Merchandise for sale Tiki Tourch   Island Market Place & Cultural Center Traditional Arts & Crafts Including Tiki Carving Taste of Aloha Food Court - Various Foods of the Islands Renowned Masters of Island Music & Dance, Fire Knife Dance, Fire Walk and Island Music Kids' Zone and Play Areas Harvey & Foi Moe " Polynesian Village Carver's " Canoe Rides & Other Activities Sunday Morning Hula Praise & Worship Service

SANTA BARBARA: Aloha Spirit Bash September 24, 2016, Noon- 5 p.m.
Elings Park
Santa Barbara, CA
Annual Aloha Spirit Bash Elings Park soccer field. The Aloha Spirit Bash brings together the best in Hawaiian dance groups, Vendors, Hawaiian music, food and beverages to benefit selected local Santa Barbara nonprofits. There will also be a raffle and several silent auction items including a Hoe Nalu stand-up paddle board. This family-friendly event encourages festival goers to bring their blankets, beach chairs, and umbrellas for picnic-style seating.  

VENTURA Aloha Beach Festival September 3-4, 2016
Call us: 805-200-8674 Aloha Beach Festival: 519 San Clemente St., Ventura, CA 93001 Email: aloha

SAN DIEGO PIFA Pacific Island Festival September 24-25, 2016
Ski Beach, Mission Bay, San Diego, 92109
Ski Beach, San Diego, CA.
Emphasis on the Indigenous People of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Heali'is Polynesian Revue is a special treat! Free admission
There will be a fee for parking in the west side parking lots just west of Ski Beach near the Paradise Point Resort. The cost for parking in these lots will be approx. $10-up per vehicle. No in and out privileges will be allowed.

NAPA Napa Valley Aloha Festival September 17-18, 2016 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Napa Valley Expo
575 Third St.
Napa, CA.
Free admission, free parking 
The Manaleo Hawaiian Cultural Foundation sponsors the annual which is held the third Saturday in September. Proceeds from the festival go to support special programs and scholarships in education and perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture. The event is free and everyone encouraged to attend.  The festival has live entertainment and vendors from the Hawaiian and Polynesian communities in the form of authentic foods, music, dance, arts, crafts, clothing and wares, who are from all over the West Coast and Hawaii. Cultural presentations (lei making, etc.) are interactive and may have a small participation fee. Items Allowed: Folding low-back chairs Blankets or small tarp for the grass area Backpacks and small coolers

SACRAMENTO Aloha Festival October 1, 2016, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cal Expo
$10-15 approx.
Anticipate a large crowd this year – please bring your own chairs. Educational Exhibits Workshops Speakers and Presentations Health and Community Awareness Exhibits Cultural Village Keiki Korner – Arts & Crafts and Educational Information Merchandise and Food Vendors Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Entertainment

Tahiti Fete July 1-3, 2016 Hilo, Hawaii

LONG BEACH: E Hula Mau September 2-4, 2016
Long Beach, CA
E Hula Mau
Southern California's  Annual Hula & Chant Competition
Terrace Theater
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
Box Office: (562) 436-3661
Ticketed items include stage competitions inside the theater. Prices range from $22 for competition-UP
Come enjoy hula performances from our own mainland halaus, "Ono" local cuisine, workshops, Hawaiian music and entertainment on our plaza outdoor stage, and artisans from across the Pacific and mainland. Long Beach Terrace Theater - Long Beach, CA

LONG BEACH: International Tahitian Ori Probable dates: September 10-11, 2016
 Weekend in Polynesia Event
Sponsored by Pacific Island Academy of the Arts. For the past 10 years Fire Knife of Samoa has hosted Fire Knife Dance Competition bringing the best of Fire Knife Dancers from around the world. Preserving the legacy of the late Paramount Chief Olo Misilagi Letuli, the Father of the Fire Knife Dance who so loved his Polynesian entertainment. Pacific Island Talent Contest and Tahitian Solo Competition as well as a concert on Friday evening, ban together to form a Weekend in Polynesia.

September 17-18, 2016 Pacific Islander Festival
Cost: Free.
Huntington Central Park, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA. Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cultural traditions, performances and arts of Pacific Island nations including Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii, Tahiti (Polynesia), Aotearoa (New Zealand), Guam, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands of Micronesia, and Fiji (Melanesia). Enjoy cultural demonstrations, live hands-on arts projects, coconut and pandanus plaiting (weaving), lei making, tapa making and design, drumming, traditional chants, music, story-telling, cultural artifact exhibits, traditional protocol and island ceremony, and authentic performances on center stage, all in the Island Villages atmosphere. Cuisine of the Pacific will be sold. On Sunday at 9: 30 a.m. a spiritual event convenes before the traditional program begins.

REDONDO BEACH: Slack Key Fest January 15, 2016, 2 p.m.

(Tahitian Dance Competition and Cultural Festival) Annual Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete
Golden Valley High School
Merced, CA 95340
The longest existing, annually held, Tahitian Dance and Cultural Festival outside of French Polynesia will be on Friday from 9am – 9pm, Saturday from 9am – 9pm and on Sunday from 9am – 6pm.
Those who enjoy a rich experience in traditional culture and dance will be enthralled by Friday's presentation of the Solo Dance Competition eliminations and Saturday's finalist performances, ranging in ages of 4 thru adult, beginners thru professional, both men's and women's categories. Friday's event also includes the Maeva Merced Polynesian Pageant, where lovely ladies and handsome gentlemen compete for the prestigious title of Miss and Mr. Maeva Merced. During the pageant, the Ahuroa (more formal Aparima dance style) Competition will be judged, as well as the Masters solo category finals. The Solo Dancer Finals, Groups and Group Drumming Competition, First Place winners of the Professional Soloists for the Overall Vahine and Tane "Best Dancer Awards" all offer great entertainment.

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