Pacific Islands

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Assn Festival

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 in #coloradoasian, Arts & Culture, Dance, Educational, Food, Music, Pacific Islands | 0 comments

HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL Thursday through Saturday, September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd Hilton Fort Collins | 425 W. Prospect Rd. | Fort Collins, CO  80526 Three days of classic Hawaiian music performed by some of the modern greats of the steel guitar. This Mainland Festival and Convention will be held in Colorado for the fourth year, and has been, from the start, one of the premier Hawaiian musical events of the Rocky Mountain region.  Enjoy guest performances by local hula halaus, Hawaiian slack key guitar and ‘ukulele, as well as ‘olelo workshops. In past years, the HAWAIIAN STEEL GUITAR ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL has played host to a “who’s who” of some of the true legends of the steel guitar–  Ed Punua, son of long-time island musician  Victor Punua, Sr. and born and raised on the island of Kaua’i,  Jeff Au Hoy, one of the young lions of the steel guitar from Honolulu, Oahu,  Duke Kaleolani Ching, the master of the triple-neck Fender– and this year is no exception.  This year’s Guest of Honor is Kumu Alan Akaka, a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii and a student of the late, great steel guitar player Jerry Byrd. Alan has had a long career as an Hawaiian music educator and performer in Hawai’i, and around the world.  He is the Director of  KE KULA MELE HAWAI’I, the Alan Akaka School of Hawaiian Music, in Kailua, O’ahu, where he teaches ‘ukulele, steel guitar and upright bass or guitar to all ages. Cost: $20/day HSGA members | $25 non-members | $10 students with ID Saturday night luau (tickets sold separately): $50 Save yourself a plane ticket to Hawai’i! Mai hilahila, don’t be shy!  Hope to see you all there!  Ahui hou kakou! Download announcement here… Questions? Contact: Mark Kahalekulu, markkahalekulu@gmail.com | Visit...

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Fiji The Artist in Concert

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 in #coloradoasian, Arts & Culture, Music, Pacific Islands | 0 comments

Fiji, The Artist, with Drew Deezy, at the Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St., Denver, CO  80202 – a concert for ages 16+ on August 5th, starts at 7PM.  Obtain a discount on ticket sales at this link, using this password:  AAPCP — https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1511049. Fiji is one of the biggest Polynesian artists of our time. His golden voice and musical blends have launched him on the world stage as a pioneer of the Pacific Island Sound.  A fusion of classic reggae, Hip-Hop, R & B and Jazz set Fiji apart as a performer.  His unique style defies the idea of categorizing artists into a single genre of music, giving Fiji widespread appeal and capturing his array of musical influences.  For those that love Hawaiian-style Hip Hop, Fiji offers established fans his recognizable energy and remarkable personality.  Newcomers to his music embrace his smooth voice and exotic sound.  Fiji has successfully captured the beauty and allure of the island life through his...

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Hula Workshop June 3

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 in #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Dance, Music, Pacific Islands | 0 comments

Keaka O Kalani of Boulder and NoCoHula Studio of Fort Collins Is very proud to present another special  Hula Workshop with Josh Kamuelaonapuaokupanihi Chang  Saturday, June 3, 2017   Location:  Community Dance Collective 2020-½  21st St., Boulder, CO  80302 Click here for directions   Pre-Pay Cost: Single Sessions: $30, Both Sessions: $50 Session One: 1:30 – 3:00 PM – Hula Auana Session Two: 3:30 – 5:00 PM – Hula Kahiko   Pre-registration for this workshop is required. Information and to register… Questions?  (303) 960-7521...

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It’s an Island Party, Nov. 30

Posted on Oct 27, 2016 in #auroraasian, APA, Arts & Culture, celebrations, Food, Music, Pacific Islands | 0 comments

The Partnership is holding it’s annual Holiday Friends Gathering on Wed., Nov. 30th, 5:30 – 8:30 PM, and this year we’ll enjoy an island party at the Aurora History Museum, featuring a catered dinner by Chef Leah Eveleigh and Hawaiian music. Chef Leah won Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen season two (2014) and is planning an island-themed dinner buffet.  She is also donating her Cutthroat Kitchen apron to the Partnership’s silent auction.  Other items include a hand-painted porcelain Dragonware tea set, a painting by artist Virginia Stonebarger (1926), and more. $35/person RSVP to the Partnership staff office, (303) 326-8695 Pay in advance:  call the museum, (303) 739-6660 Pay at the door, but please call the staff office to RSVP. It’s not a party without YOU! Download the announcement (PDF) for more information… Like our Facebook page: ...

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Ready to Global Fest?

Posted on Aug 3, 2016 in #auroraasian, #coloradoasian, APA, Arts & Culture, Dance, Educational, Food, International, Music, Pacific Islands, Youth | 0 comments

Do you like food, fashion, fun and free?  Aurora’s Global Fest 2016 is just around the corner, and the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership will be there ready to celebrate the diversity of our beloved community.  Partnership Co-Chair Chance Horiuchi and a team of many volunteers have been coordinating the fashion show.  “We are excited and so grateful that you all can represent your countries and diverse cultures,” Chance said as she puts the finishing touches on her part of the event. There will be much more than fashion, so read more at this link… Plan your Saturday now:  August 20th, 1-7PM, Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn.  There will be entertainment, a marketplace with international booths and local beers with an international influence.  Prefer to be where it’s a little cooler?  The Aurora History Museum will be open, with global demonstrations and entertainment indoors, too....

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AAPI Heritage Month

Posted on May 12, 2014 in APA, celebrations, Community Service, Educational, Pacific Islands, Steering Committee | 0 comments

Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan will proclaim May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month this evening, May 12th, in the City Council Chambers.  Several members of the Partnership will be on hand to accept the proclamation, including Co-Chairs Juliana Laughter and Andrea Amonick, Steering Committee Members and Past Co-Chairs Sum Nguyen, Daniel Oh and Jane Sarmiento and Ex-Officio Member Gloria Williams. Member Jane Sarmiento forwarded the following Proclamation from Washington: BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we celebrate the accomplishments of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, and we reflect on the many ways they have enriched our Nation. Like America itself, the AAPI community draws strength from the diversity of its many distinct cultures — each with vibrant histories and unique perspectives to bring to our national life. Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have helped build, defend, and strengthen our Nation — as farm workers and railroad laborers; as entrepreneurs and scientists; as artists, activists, and leaders of government. They have gone beyond, embodying the soaring aspirations of the American spirit. This month marks 145 years since the final spike was hammered into the transcontinental railroad, an achievement made possible by Chinese laborers, who did the majority of this backbreaking and dangerous work. This May, they will receive long-overdue recognition as they are inducted into the Labor Hall of Honor. Generations of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have helped make this country what it is today. Yet they have also faced a long history of injustice — from the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii and its devastating impact on the history, language, and culture of Native Hawaiians; to opportunity-limiting laws like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Immigration Act of 1924; to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Even today, South Asian Americans, especially those who are Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh, are targets of suspicion and violence. With courage, grit, and an abiding belief in American ideals, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have challenged our Nation to be better, and my Administration remains committed to doing its part. Nearly 5 years ago, I re-established the White House Initiative on AAPIs. The Initiative addresses disparities in health care, education, and economic opportunity by ensuring Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders receive equal access to government programs and services. We are also determined to pass comprehensive immigration reform that would modernize our legal immigration system, create a pathway to earned citizenship for undocumented immigrants, hold employers accountable, and strengthen our border security. These commonsense measures would bring relief to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have experienced this broken system firsthand, and they would allow our country to welcome more highly skilled workers eager to contribute to America’s success. This month, as we recall our hard-fought progress, let us resolve to continue moving forward. Together, let us ensure the laws respect everyone, civil rights apply to everyone, and everyone who works hard and plays by the rules has a chance to get ahead. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2014 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/AAPI  to learn more about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this...

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