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Monday, 10 March 2014

Tempe Beach Park: Arizona Aloha Festival

March 8 and 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: 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. Join more than 90,000 transplanted South Pacific islanders and those who simply love the aloha spirit and exploring cultures. 

There will be fun for the family with dancers and musicians performing on three stages, island cuisine, such as “plate lunches,” laulau, poi, kalua pork, manapua (steamed pork buns), Hawaiian-style teriyaki, island wings, fresh tropical fruits and the Shave ice melt-in-your mouth sweet and ice confection. 

There will be a kids activity area with hands-on crafts to make and take. The island marketplace vendors offer fresh flower leis, authentic carved bone necklaces, Polynesian print fabrics, T-shirts, island wood products and much more. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. and will end with a call to the islands to assemble and open the event. 

Dancers from each South Pacific island culture will come together at the sound of the conch shell. For more information visit