6th Annual Pacific Islander Festival “Celebrating Pacific Island Cultures”
Huntington Beach, California- September 13, 2013. Pacific Islander Health Partnership proudly presents the 6th Annual Pacific Islander Festival in Orange County, California “Celebrating Pacific Island Cultures.” The annual Pacific Islander Festival is a fun filled, family friendly weekend event scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 10am-5pm and Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 9:30am-5:00pm at the Central Library Park in Huntington Beach. Sunday’s program begins with a special Sunday service; listen to the voices of the Pacific as they raise them for Ke Akua, with reading of Psalm 100, verses 1-3.
Organized by the Pacific Islander Health Partnership and community partners since 2008, the annual festival celebrates the arts, cultural traditions and living cultures of the indigenous people from the Pacific. The festival celebrates not only the importance of preserving the Pacific Island Cultures, but also provides Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities access to education booths offering health screenings, community resources and information on health providers. Pacific Islander Health Partnership continues to promote and advocate for comprehensive, culturally linguistic education and training on resources and services to ensure that the over all health and well being of the underserved Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities are met.
A supporter since 2008, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez said, “As a member of Congress representing the 47th District of California, I want to personally recognize the Pacific Islander Health Partnership (PIHP) for providing a means to preserve and enrich the cultural diversity of the Pacific Islander communities within Orange County. I commend your efforts to eliminate health disparities among Pacific Islanders through various community-driven programs and various educational training projects.”
The festival is free and open to the public thanks to generous contributions over the years from sponsors such as ACTA, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, CEED PATH, Census 2000, IW Group Inc., OCAPICA, Southern California Edison, Susan G. Komen, Starbucks, Walmart, Wells Fargo, WINCART and many other organizations, especially our community volunteers and planning committee. Uncle Victor Kaiwi Pang, President, Festival Chairman said, “A special mahalo nui loa thank you very much to the hard working Pacific Island Festival Planning Committee for their dedication, collaborative work, sharing ideas, resources and expertise in true island style.”
2012 Pacific Islander Festival attendee, Steve Samonte, said, “Da food is good cause they have a good variety Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, Chamorro etc. but da program is top notch.”
This year’s food booths consist of traditional, mouthwatering island foods from:
Guam: Chamorro BBQ ribs, chicken adobo, fresh cucumber salad, red/steam rice, chicken kelaguen (Chamorro shredded chicken), empanada, sweet tamales, banana yam doughnuts, fried bananas.
Hawai’i: lau-lau (ti-leaf wrapped-taro leaf wrapped pork, salted fish) steamed, poi (mashed taro), steam rice, Hawaiian loco moco (rice, hamburger, egg, brown gravy), Spam musubi (Spam on steam rice), watermelon.
Marshall Islands: Taro, coconut squash, BBQ chicken, BBQ beef ribs, grilled fresh tuna, coconut rice balls, banana tonot, steam rice, mixed vegetables.
Samoa: BBQ plate; green banana, chop suey, palusami (taro leaves cooked in coconut milk), and bbq chicken; Pagikeke (Samoan donuts), pagipopo (coconut buns), bbq turkey tail, sausage, pineapple li hing mui (pineapple chunks in li hing mui powder), masi Samoa (coconut crackers).
Pacific Islander Health Partnership: Shaved ice cones, bottled water, soft drinks: diet lemon-lime, cola, otai (Tongan watermelon pineapple drink)
The Pacific Islander Festival’s emcee for the past five years; Director of Tupua Productions, Stephen Seanoa engages the audience with his electrifying presence while his pleasant and soothing voice permeates through the audience as he takes us on an exciting and unforgettable journey through the Pacific. Uncle Victor Kaiwi Pang, encourages the festival goers to “sit back under the shade of the Central Library Park trees, enjoy the sounds and rhythms of the Pacific, move to the music, listen to the chants tell their story. Visit and walk through our Island Villages sharing island artifacts, listen to their stories, enjoy playing ancient games; learn to play the ′ukulele; share the many uses of the coconut; meet and “talk story” with a island elder, learn about their traditions, cultural practices, protocols and beliefs.”
Tune in on Thursday, September 19, 2013 as Nusa Vaifale and Melenaite Fifita promote the Pacific Islander Festival, Orange County on "THE BBQ w/ Q & JOE SAV" https://betelnutradio.com from 7pm-9pm PST. As one of the few forms of ethnic media for the Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander community, The BBQ Show broadcasted on Betelnut Radio.com prides itself on being the voice of the community. This interview can be accessed on betelnutradio.com or by downloading the free “Betelnut Radio” iPhone or Android app.