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Monday, 10 March 2014

Arizona Aloha Fest to serve up Hawaiian & Polynesian favorites

Take an island vacation without leaving the East Valley this weekend when the 20th annual Arizona Aloha Festival is held at Tempe Beach Park.

The two-day celebration of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture will run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

Three dozen food vendors will be dishing out Hawaiian and Polynesian favorites like kalua pork, vilo vilo chicken, manapua (steamed pork-filled buns), Spam musubi (Spam and rice wrapped in seaweed), and haupia (coconut pudding).

Also on the menu: Portuguese sausage, beef stew over rice, Guamanian chicken, pineapple curry, coconut shrimp, kalbi ribs, chicken katsu, and, of course, shave ice.

Visitors also will be able to learn to hula or play the ukulele, enjoy more than 40 music and dance groups on three stages, and purchase crafts and products.