Keiki Activities
The whole ohana can enjoy
these free activities!
Stringing a lei of paper flowers is traditional in Hawaii's elementary schools to celebrate 'Lei Day' on the first of May.

Pacific Islanders created traditional lei of entire flowers, buds, seeds, nuts, plant fibers, leaves, ferns, seashells, bone or teeth, and more. Modern lei can be made of money, candy, or other objects.

Lei are traditional for graduations or other special occasions. Most lei are made as a gift for another.

Enjoy wearing YOUR lei as you visit the Festival. It's an easy way to get into the island spirit.
Picture of food plate called 'plate lunch'
Some need a little help
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Creating your own tapa
Tapa is a cloth made from pounding the bark of a tree until the material is soft and pliable. It has different names in different island groups.

Tapa is often painted or stamped with designs reflecting the islands of the people making it. Today, the art of creating and decorating tapa is almost a lost art.

We have created rubber stamps with designs typical of this art form. Take a moment to create a card with your own tapa designs.
Poi 'balls' are used by Maori women performers as a rhythm instrument or accompaniment for group dances. There are two styles, the short cord and the long cord.

The short-corded poi balls accompany rapid, stylized hand movements to illustrate part of the dance and often the tapping against hand or body creates the rhythm.

The long-corded poi balls are swung aroung the body in intricate patterns. It takes a very skilled dancer to keep these in air, often with two sets at once.

We invite you to make a mini-poi ball, often used as decorations. Once you've learned the technique, go home and make a slightly larger one with a cord as long as you are tall and test your own coordination!
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Learning starts at any age
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Setting up for a game
The game of Chongka is loved by the Chamorro people of Guam. Although versions of the game are found all over the world, we utilize traditional boards from Guam. 

Chongka is played on a narrow, wooden board that is usually about 28 inches long. Seven shallow holes, each about two inches wide, run across each player’s side. At the end there is a larger shallow hole. The object of the game is to end with more playing pieces than your opponent. 

Our volunteers will be happy to teach the game and play it with you. Versions of the same game can be purchased in many stores, but for one the same as our boards you might have to go to Guam!
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