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California  Polynesian & Tahitian Festivals

FOSTER CITY Polynesian Festival   Saturday, May 2, 2015, 10am-5pm  fostercity.org
Annual FREE!  Leo Ryan Park Bring the 'ohana (family) and celebrate  Polynesian Festival! You'll see Hawaiian hula dancers, Samoan sivas, Tongan kailao and the rhythmic Tahitian and Cook Islands drum dances. There will also be food and arts/ crafts booths and outrigger canoe rides. Admission is free. E komo mai (welcome).

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. 11th Annual Foster City Polynesian Festival, 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 will be available at the Recreation Center, Library Community Center, City Hall, and at the Parkside Towers parking garage. The vacant lot across from the Recreation Center will not be available for parking. For more information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at 286-3380 or e-mail fostercitypolyfest  @yahoo.com

ROHNERT PARK August 22, 2015
Annual Pacific Islander Festival! Special Guest San Francisco 49er and Four Time Super Bowl Champion - Jesse Sapolu Music Performance by local favorites Faith Ako & iMusic Plus many more surprise musical guests! Join us for 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 This year we are excited to announce our added Cultural Village ARea. This event is FREE to the public! 475 City Center Drive, Rohnert Park, California If anyone is interested in being a vendor for this event or showcasing entertainment, please email pifestival@rpwarriors.org or call 707-242-1828
rpwarriors.org/PI_Festival_2015.html
facebook.com/groups/220383294679894/

SAN DIEGO San Diego Ho'olaule'a 2014 May 3-4, 2014   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 760-807-5567 Jordan@sdhoolaulea.com sdhoolaulea.com
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. I know our staff and I will be there to greet you and give you a heartfelt ALOHA!!  The San Diego Ho'olaule'a is a new entity, sdhoolaulea.com,

PLEASANTON MAY 9-10, 2015, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Hawaiian May Day Festival   hawaiimaydayfestival.com/about/index.html 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. 31st Annual May Day Festival May 10-11, 2014 Alameda County Fairgrounds (map) 4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton, CA May Day is Lei Day! E komo mai!

SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita Valley Pacific Islander Festival May 9, 2015, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
(661) 294-3062 scvhula@sbcglobal.net scvpacificislanderfestival.weebly.com 
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 16-17, 2015 Heritage of Aloha Festival 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
562 762-6099 HERITAGEOFALOHAFESTIVAL  @ GMAIL.COM http://www.hooilinafoundation.com/ Ho'oilina Foundation Inc., non-profit group is sponsoring it's second fundraiser called Heritage of Aloha Festival. 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! Proceeds from the festival will be awarded to selected community groups who apply for projects that perpetuate the Pacific Island culture. Grant applications will be available on the Ho'oilina Foundation website and at the Festival. Please join us and share your aloha! Santa Fe Springs Heritage Park - Santa Fe Springs, CA

ELK GROVE  Heiva Ma'ohi O' Patitifa  August 22-23, 2015
heivamaohi.com/(People 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 info@heivamaohi.com or (916)753-3195 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA  10th annual Hura Tahiti   Tahitian dance competition of Southern California June 19-20, 2015
huratahiti.net
Cerritos College
11190 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA
714-537-7478
$10 pre, $15 day of
hitiaotera@aol
 

SAN MATEO San Francisco Bay Area Aloha Festival August 1-2, 2015, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 pica-org.org/alohafest 
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 8-9, 2015
heivasandiego.com  
Reva Tahiti Productions
$10-15
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

SAN FRANCISCO August 8-9, 2015 Aloha Poly Fest
10 a.m. Call:  (415) 240-2095 info@alohapolyfest.com http://www.alohapolyfest.com 2-Day FREE ADMISSION 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 Golden Gate Park - County Fair Building - San Francisco, CA

SANTA CRUZ Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival  August 23, 2015,  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.  santacruzwharf.com, call 831-420-5273 or email. Cost: Festival FREE!

LONG BEACH  Tiki Beach Festival August 22-23, 2015 alfredosbeachclub.com/tiki-festival.html Saturday: Sunrise to 9:30 pm Sunday: Sunrise to 7:00 pm Admission is FREE - Food, Beverage and Merchandise for sale Tiki Tourch Event Highlights: Special appearance by: Kamaka Brown voice of: V93FM.com radio 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 " Night Of Fire " Torch Lighting, 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  Annual Aloha Spirit Bash August 22, 2015, Noon- 5 p.m.
805-895-2772 AlohaSpiritBash  @yahoo.com  AlohaSpiritBash.org Fifth 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. Tickets information to be announced in June 2014 on our website,  alohaspiritbash.org, http://www.Facebook.com/AlohaSpiritSB or call 805-895-2772. Elings Park - Santa Barbara, CA

LONG BEACH E Hula Mau  September 4-6, 2015
ehulamau.org
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

VENTURA Aloha Beach Festival Sept. 26-27, 2015
Call us: 805-200-8674 Aloha Beach Festival: 519 San Clemente St., Ventura, CA 93001 Email: aloha  @alohabeachfestival.us

SAN DIEGO   PIFA Festival  September 26-27, 2015
pifasandiego.com
Ski Beach, Mission Bay, San Diego, 92109

NAPA Napa Valley Aloha Festival September 19-20, 2015, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
 
manaleohcf.org/aloha-festival/ 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. Location: Napa Valley Expo (575 Third St. Napa, CA. This is free family event open to the public with free parking. 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 3, 2015, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cal Expo
sacalohafest.org/ PRESENTED BY THE KA`ONOHI FOUNDATION FREE ADMISSION PARKING: $10 (opens at 8:30 a.m., no tailgating) NO OUTSIDE FOOD/BEVERAGES ALLOWED We 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

SAN JOSE: Tahiti Fete  July 10-12, 2015
Event takes place at San Jose State University Event Center

Group competition is open to any halau, studio, organization, or dance company, with a minimum of five (5) dancers and a maximum of 275 dancers. Independent soloists or soloists from any halau or organization may also participate.
 (808) 935-3002
 tahitifete.com
Pua Tokumoto

 

August 31-September 1, 2013 Aloha Poly Fest

San Francisco Candlestick Park
alohapolyfest.com

Free festival invites public to experience the sights, sounds and scents of the South Pacific with live entertainment, educational workshops, crafts, merchandise, services, food and snacks.  Bring your own low-back lawn chairs, blankets and mats to the City's iconic Candlestick Park, 490 Jamestown Ave., current home of Super Bowl Champions San Francisco 49ers. Located at the south end of San Francisco right off US Highway 101 in the City. Event hours are from 11AM to 6PM, with entertainment scheduled each day from 12PM to 6PM. San Francisco Police Department and undercover security will help keep the Event safe and fun for everyone.

August 30 - September 1, 2013 E Hula Mau
Long Beach, CA
E Hula Mau 
Southern California's 17th Annual Hula & Chant Competition
Terrace Theater
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA
Box Office: (562) 436-3661
ehulamau.org

The following is open to the public:
• Terrace Theater Lobby (Free entry)
• Terrace Plaza and outdoor stage (Free entry)
• Workshops (Fees may apply)
• Hawaiian Cultural Village (Free entry)
• Kanikapila Jam (Westin Long Beach Hotel – Free entry)
• Evenings at the Westin Long Beach Hotel, Hawaiian Entertainment (Free entry)

Ticketed items include stage competitions inside the theater. Prices range from $20 for competition reserved seating to $30 for the Mahalo Bash Concert on  Saturday, September 3rd, starting at 7:30p.m. in the Terrace Theater with an amazing line up of performers that include:

Vaihi - Tahitian band with a  refreshing, fun loving style that includes ample guitar and ukulele. Since 1993  Vaihi  has toured around the world,  and has won best Polynesian Album of the Year twice.

Gary Haleamau and Kawili is a band that tells the stories of Hawaiian culture, events, and its people.  Gary Haleamau  has played and sung Hawaiian music professionally since the age of 7. He has recorded seven albums with Liko Records and two albums with Ken Makuakane and Pua Records.

Kanikapila Jam features entertainment and music that heats things up in the final concert show that ends at midnight.

September 3, 2011  at the Westin Long Beach Hotel you're invited to socialize with event participants and fellow E Hula Mau visitors while listening to the melodious sounds of Hawaii. Bring your ukulele or guitar for impromptu jam sessions held in the hotel lobby. This event is free and open to the public.

August 31 - September 1, 2013  International Tahitian Ori
Anaheim, CA
(310) 294-3841
Pearson Park
Maile Letuli
Weekend in Polynesia Event
weekendinpolynesia.com

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 21-22, 2013 Pacific Islander Festival 
Cost: Free.
Huntington Central Park, 7111 Talbert Ave., Huntington Beach, CA. Daily: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
pacificislanderfestivaloc.com 
Cultural traditions, performances and arts of Pacific Island nations including Samoa, Tonga, Hawaii,  Tahiti (Polynesia), Aotearoa (New Zealand), Guam, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands (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 a.m. a spiritual a capella music event convenes before the traditional program begins.

Pacific Islander Festival  September 21-22, 2013 
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 $10.00 per vehicle. No in and out privileges will be allowed.
There's also  a $1 per person shuttle fee. All shuttles will be collecting $1 from each person utilizing a seat on all shuttles taking you to the Pacific Islander Festival.. For more information call 619-699-8797 or email PIFA at info@pifasandiego.com.

At Ski Beach Ikuna Koa Outrigger Club will feature a Canoe Regatta and Rawmana Fitness has partnered with PIFA's cultural village to put on a Pacific Islander Olympics for 18 years and up

For the past 7 years Fire Knife of Samoa has hosted our 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.

This year in the spirit of Fa'aitoito which translates as "keep the motivation and never give up" we are adding our 1st Annual Pacific Island Talent Contest beginning Friday Evening, September 2nd and because of its success last year, will host our 2nd Annual Tahitian Solo Competition during the day as well as our 8th Annual Fireknife Dance Competition during the evenings. Each of our events has attracted some of the most talented singers and dancers from Polynesian communities around the world, and we are once again proud to share it with you. weekendinpolynesia.com

May Te Aranui O Tahiti 
San Bruno, CA (415) 425-1662
Elizabeth Nemenzo Bertumen
 Hura Tahiti Fullerton, CA (714) 537-7478
Alex Tekurio

 

January
slackkeyfest.com
 

March 2014 Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete Merced, CA
kikiraina.com

MERCED KIKI RAINA TAHITI FETE  March 21-23, 2014


(Tahitian Dance Competition and Cultural Festival)

35th Annual Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete March 21, 22, and 23, 2014 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 will be held on Saturday as well as the Tamari'i (children) Groups and Group Drumming Competition, featuring the most accomplished Tahitian Drumming groups in our area.

On Sunday morning, First Place winners of the Professional Soloists will compete for the Overall Vahine and Tane "Best Dancer Awards". Also, Couples in Costume will take the floor with their colorful regalia and exciting duets! The afternoon will wind up with the Amateur and Professional Groups demonstrating their proficiency in the marvelous ‘Ote'a drum dances and the lively Aparima of Tahiti Nui!

The very best Island Style FOOD will be available throughout the event as well as authentic flower and Polynesian Craft Booths for your shopping pleasure.

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