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Mahalo! get ready for the Bay Area Aloha Festival

Mahalo! get ready for the Bay Area Aloha Festival
Photo: Pacific Islanders Cultural Association

Prepare the tiki glasses, your best hip movements and get your family and friends ready to enjoy the Bay Area Aloha Festival this Saturday, August 12 at the San Mateo County Events Center.

Every year, thousands of islanders and islanders at heart come together to celebrate culture through music, dance, arts and crafts, authentic food, and educational workshops. Due to covid restrictions and protocols we will be having a one day Aloha Concert in the Bay Area.

The event with free admission is held by the Pacific Islander Cultural Association and will take place this August 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the San Mateo County Events Center "SMCEC", located at 1346 Saratoga Drive in San Mateo.

The Aloha Festival will take place entirely outdoors. The entertainment stage faces the Central Mall Lawn area, food vendors will be in the west parking lot, and community stalls and craft vendors will be in and around the Central Mall Lawn area. 

The east lot at 1346 Saratoga Drive is the parking lot that all attendees must use, and costs $18 per vehicle. Walk to the entrance at Gate 8.

Of note, the west parking lot is strictly for food vendor stands.

The event will feature workshops, for which registration is not required. All are generally free unless they have a material or supply component. 

Some of the workshops are music oriented, so bring your own ukulele, sing and play! A schedule of workshops will be available at the web site and you can also check at the Information Post.

Alcohol is not welcome at the Aloha Festival, which is famous for its relaxed atmosphere that welcomes family and friends of several generations, from keiki ?little children? hasta kupuna ?elders? and everyone else. 

Thus, alcohol is not served or allowed on the premises. In addition, illegal drugs, glass containers, and weapons are prohibited on the premises. Security guards will inspect coolers, backpacks, and bags. All disallowed items must be returned to your vehicle or disposed of.

It is to be expected that there will be food stalls at the event, however, the organizers know that sometimes the budget is tight or some people may have specific dietary requirements, so they have maintained their policy of allowing outside food and drinks. 

Do not wait any longer, prepare everything and enjoy music, dances, food, workshops, and information about the Pacific island culture. 

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Pamela Cruz
Pamela Cruz
Editor-in-Chief of Peninsula 360 Press. A communicologist by profession, but a journalist and writer by conviction, with more than 10 years of media experience. Specialized in medical and scientific journalism at Harvard and winner of the International Visitors Leadership Program scholarship from the U.S. government.

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