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Fourth Annual Hawai’i Kuauli Pacific and Asia Cultural Festival

Posted June 6, 2021, 4:27 AM HST

Join June 11th and 12th for an exciting and culturally-enriched Pacific & Asia cultural festival streaming live on Facebook and YouTube. The festival will include presentations from various cultures, a keiki hula ho’ike, fire knife competition, wearable arts fashion show, cook-off between renowned chefs, educational workshops and an online marketplace.

The opening of the festival will take place on Friday, June 11th at 4:30pm with the Opening Ceremony hosted by our
Hawaiʻi coalition. Presentations from various cultures will include Korea, Tonga, Japan, and Samoa. The evening also
includes live giveaways, a kaula workshop by Gary Eoff and a Keiki Hula Ho’ike to close off the night.

On June 12th at 3:00pm, the festival will continue with the Taste of Pacific & Asia Cook-Off, a Wearable Arts Fashion
Show, the Le Kaua Ailao Fireknife Competition, cultural workshops, and a closing ceremony.

The Hawai’i Kuauli Wearable Arts Fashion Show will feature local and international indigenous designers alongside emerging new local designers including Wahine Toa, Temesia and Laitahikoa.

New this year, is the addition of Saturday eveningʻs Le Kaua Ailao Fireknife Competition. Island Breeze Productions and The Siva Afi Company of Maui have partnered to host this first ever Hawaiʻi Island fireknife competition.

The Taste of the Pacific & Asia has changed its format this year as Hawaiʻi Island chefs will be given a box of ingredients from Pā’ina by Ocean and challenged to prepare a dish with only a few minutes to plan. The chefs will be judged and the winner announced at the festival. Included is a live presentation from Chef Chris Galindo. The winning chef will donate their prize money to a charity of their choice .

On both Saturday and Sunday, enjoy the Hawaiʻi Kuauli Online Marketplace – featuring arts & crafts from throughout the Pacific and Asia – treat yourself, find the perfect gift, and support local businesses.

Media inquiries contact: Becky Fernandez, becky@ibphawaii.com

 
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