Let's admit it. We've always wanted to visit Hawaii but can never find the time. Thankfully, there's an event coming up next month where you can celebrate Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, and other South Pacific cultures. This free Hawaiian festival in Arizona will have ukulele classes, traditional foods, live music, hula dancing, craft vendors (hello, leis and flower crowns) and much more.
The Ahola Festival at Tempe Beach Park is happening on March 14 and 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. One of the coolest parts of living near a large city is the opportunity to experience the different cultures of the people living there and the Ahola Festival is an awesome way to do just that.
You and your friends can also try a variety of traditional foods. Some of them include manapua (steamed buns filled with pork), Vilo Vilo chicken, haupia (coconut pudding) or the famous Hawaiian plate lunch. It features macaroni salad, rice, and kalua pig or teriyaki chicken.
Dances from various cultures are performed, including the Hawaiian hula, the Samoan tonga, and the French Polynesian otea.
Two types of martial arts developed in Hawaii, Kenpo, and Kajukenbo, will be performed as well.
If you want to try your hand at the ukulele, there are booths with free classes and loaner instruments to learn on. If you've already got a grasp on it, bring your own and join one of the groups playing recreationally around the park!
Three different stages will host performances throughout the festival. Meander as you please and enjoy all the different types of entertainment.
There are also several dessert tents with Hawaiian shave ice and flavored ice creams. Who isn't a sucker for shaved ice?
Although the event is free, food and drinks will be available for an additional cost.
The Aloha Festival is the perfect way to celebrate Hawaiian culture and experience some of it for yourself. Bring your ohana and some friends for a super fun day in the park!
When: Saturday, March 14th - Sunday, March 15th, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Address: Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ
Why You Should Go: Experience the colorful culture of Polynesia at this free festival.