Taste of Hawaii rolling into Tempe

February 23, 2013 by  

Tempe area residents will soon have an opportunity to experience the Hawaiian Islands without venturing far from home. Next month, the city will be the site of the 19th annual Arizona Aloha Festival. The services of a print company will likely be used to create promotional materials for this event.

The celebration is sponsored by Arizona Aloha Festivals, Inc., a non-profit organization that is comprised entirely of volunteers. At the festival, attendees will be able to sample Hawaiian foods and listen to music and stories from the islands. Individuals who trace their roots to Hawaii and other parts of Polynesia will also be present to give lectures about various traditions and historical events.

A large Hawaiian-style marketplace will be a major highlight of the event. Here, a wide variety of vendors will be on hand to sell goods ranging from fresh leis and surfer shorts to tapa cloth and bone necklaces.

Attendees will be free to eat everyday American snacks at the festival’s food court, although they are encouraged to sample traditional Hawaiian offerings. Those who turn out for the event can expect to see such dishes as kahlua pig, Vilo Vilo Chicken, and manapua.

The Aloha Festival is a family-friendly event. It will offer activities for all age groups, including an arts and crafts session for children.

The event is free of charge and will run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10. It will take place at Tempe Beach Park (620 North Mill Avenue).