Hawaii joins festival family
An extra island nation will join the existing line-up showcasing a smorgasbord of culture and heritage during this year’s Pasifika Festival at Western Springs on March 8 and 9.
The event is the biggest celebration of its kind in the world, giving people the chance to experience the sights, sounds, tastes and colours of the Pacific – without even leaving Auckland.
Hawaii is the newcomer, alongside Aotearoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Tahiti, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu.
The festival is supported by Fairfax Media, publisher of Suburban Newspapers and the Central Leader.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) is behind the 22-year-old event and chief executive Brett O’Riley says both days offer something for everyone.
‘‘With 1000 performers on 11 stages, 200 food and craft stalls cooking up over 150 different food dishes for two days in one place, Pasifika is set to be a fantastic event,’’ he says.
March 8 will be a day of high energy and bustling markets, main stage performances, traditional tattooing, and craft workshops.
An interdenominational church service will be held on March 9 and followed by a more laid-back programme of Pacific-themed entertainment.
Island style: This year’s Pasifika Festival will feature over 1000 performers on 11 stages.