The Festival stages are Mountain and Lakeside
All performances are free to the public
Whatever your interest, the Festival's performers will enchant you
with rhythm, music, song, and dance from the rich cultures of the South Pacific Islands.
Picture looking at crowd from Lakeside Stage
Lakeside Stage
Stages are filled with performing groups from Arizona and also surrounding states. Guest artist groups have joined us from Hawaii, New Zealand, and the Cook Islands.

Keiki Dancers
Keiki Dancers
Hawaii is represented by both ancient (kahiko) and modern (auana) hula as well as steel guitars and tropical rhythms. 

A crowd favorite is when the keiki or children's hula halaus (schools) perform.
Hula Auana
Hula Auana

Samoa brings the exciting and energetic slap dance as well as the seated group dances. The last dance is usually a taualuga, and to be the featured dancer is an honor. Watch as the other dancers try to interrupt the slow, deliberate and traditional movements.

Tonga's songs are marvels of a unique harmony. The women's dances are known for their soft, graceful movements while the exuberant men's dances highlight strength and precision.
Picture of Tongan dancer
Picture of Tahitian Dancers
Tahiti's fast ote'a
The drums of the enticing islands of French Polynesia echo across the grounds for the fast moving otea. No audience can resist Tahiti!

The fierce Maori's dances often tell of past battles. The wero (challenge) and the haka were men's dances done for intimidation of their enemies. The poi balls are used by the women for telling a story.
picture of Maori man issuing challenge
The fierce wero
Picture of Filipino dancer
Hawaii has been called the melting pot of the Pacific. 

While we emphasize Polynesian cultures, we also welcome our neighbors: performers from other Pacific Islands such as Guam, Fiji, Philippines, Cook Islands and others. 

Two martial arts were developed in Hawaii and are also featured: Hawaii Kenpo and Kajukenbo. Masters and students from the Phoenix area thrill Festival-goers with demonstrations of grace, concentration, and skill.
Picture of man breaking blocks in martial art demo
Hawaii-influenced martial arts
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