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Three days of Hawaiian food, leis and dancing come to Esther Short Park

As the sun peeked through the trees in Esther Short Park, Vancouver locals and tourists were welcomed by dancers on stage, the floral smells of Hawaiian lilies and the fragrant sauces of teriyaki. It could only mean one thing: Three days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest had made its annual return. With several different vendors and sponsors, Three Days of Aloha annually celebrates Hawaiian culture and reminds us that “mahalo” is just another way to say thank you.

Hawaiian themed booths lined the park as guests flocked to feast and buy the tropical, bright items hanging throughout the venue. Clarence Nishikata Nursery arrayed its booth with displays of yellow plumeria, desert rose and makaha sun floral arrangements. Dori O’Dell greeted visitors with a smile as she introduced people to her Hawaiian Honu turtles made with vibrantly colored fabric. Patrick’s Hawaiian Cafe served heaps of teriyaki chicken, Hawaiian mac salad and white rice.

Hawaiian flowers like yellow plumeria decorate the Clarence Nishikata Certify Nursery booth. Photo credit: Amanda Flynn

Hawaiian flowers like yellow plumeria decorate the Clarence Nishikata Certify Nursery booth.
Photo credit: Amanda Flynn

Hula and craft workshops were an integral part of the event. The Hapa Haole Hula competition took place on Friday. Attendees were taught to use a hula-hoop, and were then given the opportunity to perform in front of the large crowds of people who turned out for the festivities. No one was left out as those with mobility issues could partake in seated hula classes. After the competition, guests were invited to a special screening of Ann Marie N. Kirk’s documentary entitled “The Hawaiian Room.” Many other classes offered everything from fresh lei making to Hawaiian cooking and even massage therapy.

Three Days of Aloha also welcomed the annual Aloha 5k Fun Run. Everyone was welcome to register. The trek began in front of the gazebo in Esther Short Park, ran past McMenamins and finished back at the gazebo. Raising awareness about general physical health, the Aloha 5k Fun Run benefits the Hawaiian-at-Heart community.

To learn more about Three Days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest, visit their website at hawaiianfestivalpnw.com.

 

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