Aquarium prepares for annual festival

May 26, 2017 by  

The Aquarium of the Pacific will be holding its 14th Annual Pacific Islander Festival in early June.

Guests will be able to experience traditional island, crafts, music and dance from Hawaiian, Fijian, Tongan, Samoan, Kiribatian, Maori and Marshallese cultures.

Performances on the schedule for the first day will be three shows by Tahitian Hitia O Te Ra, three by Hawaiian dance Halu O Lilinoe, and three by Halau Hula A Kawika Laua o Leinani, which will be a combination of Hawaiian, Maori and Tahitian dance.

Sunday’s entertainment will be Chamoru perfomances presented by the Kutturian Chamoru Foundation and Regina ‘Ning’ Quenga will be honored in a Heritage Award Ceremony. Na Hoa O Ka Hale Kanu will have three Maori, Tahitian, and Hawaiian performances and Tupua Productions will also have three Marshallese, Tahitian, Maori, and Samoan shows.

Lei (Hawaiian garment) making and tri-leaf weaving, Hawaiian tattooing, and several games will take place, while Marshallese coconut weaving will also be demonstrated. Cultural artifacts from Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa will be displayed in the Great Hall. Many guests are sure to be be taking pictures for later poster printing to remember the occasion.

Festivities will be Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm each day. The Aquarium of the Pacific can be found at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach.