March is a busy month for events around the world featuring Pacific Islands culture.
The Guam Museum is holding a Mes Chamorro (Chamorro Month) exhibit titled “Connections Within Our Pacific Ocean”. Opening ceremony is Friday, March 4, 6pm at Outrigger Guam Beach Resort. The exhibit runs through the month of March. Guam CAHA is a co-sponsor. The exhibit showcases the Chamorro culture and its connection with other Pacific islanders, in the spirit of the upcoming Festival of Pacific Arts which will be held in Guam from May 22 to June 4, 2016.
The 22nd Annual Honolulu Festival will takes place over the weekend of March 11-13. The mission of this cultural event is to promote understanding, economic cooperation and ethnic harmony between the people of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region. Each year, the Festival draws thousands of new and returning spectators who are looking for an experience beyond Hawaii. The Festival’s theme will be, “Pacific Harmony,” and reflects the Foundation’s vision to share the many cultures of the Pacific region with the people of Hawaii and those visiting from all over the world. The organizers of the festival hope to deepen the friendship with them and contribute to world peace.
On the same weekend as the Honolulu Festival is the Arizona Aloha Festival in Tempe, Arizona. Their mission is to mission is to provide awareness and education about Hawaiian and other South Pacific Islander cultures and heritage.There will be lots of dancing, music, food, and cultural items on display and for sale. If you live in the Western part of the United States, check it out!
Incredibly, on the same weekend, the Pasifika Festival will take place in Auckland, New Zealand. Many Pacific Islanders reside in Auckland, and together, they truly make this an unforgettable event. The Festival aims to bring Pacific Island communities closer together and to celebrate the richness and variety of their values, culture and lifestyles.
At the end of month is, perhaps, one of the biggest festivals of all- The Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaii. This will run from March 27 to April 2. The week-long festival features an internationally acclaimed hula competition, an invitational Hawaiian arts fair, hula shows, and a grand parade through Hilo town. Begun in 1963 by the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce and continued by the private Merrie Monarch Festival community organization, the major purpose of the festival is the perpetuation, preservation, and promotion of the art of hula and the Hawaiian culture through education. The festival is considered the world’s premier forum for people of all ages to display their skills and knowledge of the art of ancient and modern hula.
Check the ICAS’ Website calendar for more cultural events under the “Holidays and Cultural Events” tab.
March is a great month! Make the most of it and enjoy!