2015 Arizona Aloha Festival dates and info
Free family event features Hawaiian and Polynesian entertainment, food, vendors, and cultural demonstrations
WHAT: Two-day celebration of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture with entertainment, vendors of “island lifestyle” products, food vendors offering a variety of island culinary delights, cultural displays and demonstrations, and plenty of that infamous Hawaiian Aloha Spirit.
the entertainment schedule features talent and performing groups from Arizona, Las Vegas, California, and Hawaii.
adult and youth performers represent the individual cultures in their traditional and contemporary dances such as the graceful “hula” and romantic sounds of steel guitars from Hawaii; the exciting men’s “slap dance” from Samoa; strength and precision routines from the Tongan dancers and the drum-pounding, hip shaking “otea” of Tahiti,.
WHEN: Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 from 10 am to 5 pm daily. FREE admission.
WHERE: Tempe Beach Park at Tempe Town Lake, Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway in downtown Tempe, just off the 202. FREE admission.
WHO: Join more than 90,000 transplanted South Pacific Islanders and those who simply love the Aloha Spirit and exploring cultures.
over 40 performing groups will provide continuous entertainment
over 85 merchandise vendors will offer unique island crafts and products
35 food vendors will be cooking up beloved island food treats;
numerous artisans, artists and storytellers will share aspects of the various cultures
learn a hula or how to play a ukulele, find out about paddling an outrigger canoe, or join the keiki (children) in making a paper flower lei or playing chongka.
WHY: The annual Arizona Aloha Festival provides a forum for the presentation, education, and preservation of the culture of Polynesia, the primary mission of its sponsoring organization, the Arizona Aloha Festivals, Inc., a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501 ( C ) 3 all-volunteer charitable organization.