Ohana Village
Where connections are made...

The Ohana Village brings together a 'family' of organizations
to illustrate the wide variety of activities with
Hawaiian-Polynesian connections in Arizona.

picture of man standing between canoe club display and the canoe

Arizona has four outrigger canoe clubs, three of which are located in the metro Phoenix area.

Clubs set up canoes and displays, and give out information about their paddling and competition schedules.
Find and talk story with local paddlers Na Leo O Ke Kai, Team Arizona, and Dry Heat Paddlers.

picture of canoe club display

You may also find:
  • educational displays from student organizations or clubs
  • colleges or universities highlighting scholarship programs or special studies
  • health organizations with special assistance or information for Islander health issues
  • social clubs with an Island flavor and island focus
  • athletic associations for beloved island sports such as rugby
  • picture of Hawaiian Civic Club display with club members
    Hawaiian Civic Club (Lau Kanaka No Hawaii) was started in 1972

    picture of Daughters of Hawaii display table and members
    'Daughters of Hawaii' is just forming a local chapter in Arizona

    picture of two club members smiling and holding Festival program
    Rugby is big in the islands!

    ASU's Asian Pacific American Studies, established in 1972, provides an academic-based resource about culture, history and experience.

    Their "brief history" states Native Hawaiians have been in Arizona since 1870, listed as "kanakas" or "Sandwich Islanders" on territorial censuses.

    picture of the APAS display at the 2014 Festival

    The Ohana Village always has interesting people to talk to and a wide variety of topics.

    Organizations have lots of info about Hawaiian and Pacific Islander interests and issues.

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