If you are ever in Arizona around the 2nd weekend in March – its Arizona Aloha Festival time at Tempe Town Lake. Even doe us guys say Tempe Beach Park. No moe beach. LOL
Its one of the largest Polynesian/Pacific Islander festivals in the country, if not the biggest. There is 3 stages of entertainment. Tons of shopping/vendor booths, a bunch of food booths and a keikis/kids section for make & take stuff, informational booth and a music area where you can learn to play the ukulele etc.
It is a free family event. It don’t cost you to walk in. The Ostrich Festival – going on the at same time in Chandler, cost $20 to get it. It will cost you to eat at Aloha Festival. Lots of families bring their coolers and pack their own food. Then you just have to spend money on shave ice. 🙂
I have been going to this festival off and on for couple of decades. It has grown crazy big. It use to be held at Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix. The out grew that place. So I think in 2010 they moved it to Tempe. And now, yeah it feels like they’ve outgrown that area. Wow it was uncomfortably crowded. Glad we get there early, throw down our head quarters/blanket. I like having my space. LOL
This is what it looks like at 8 a.m.
Then the music and dance begins. The audience (2017) – talk about choke peoples. There was more people this year.
View from the Lakeside stage (2017).
There are all kinds of food booths. The lines are super long. 10 am is the best time and sometimes the lines start before that. Especially the malasadas line, there are several malasadas vendors. If it says “donut” thats a clue – thats not the one you want to go to. There’s one vendor’s malasadas that I think she puts cinnamon in her sugar. There’s a hint of cinnamon and I’m like, NO, there is no cinnamon involved with malasadas. LOL
My favorite one is Bruhdaz Malasadaz/Kamaina Grill from Seattle, WA. Bruh come down every year. This year first thing I go over there at 8:45am and ask him: Bruh wot time malasadas? He says: Oh NT, I only get Philsbury dis yea! I tell him: Oh you mainland now you all haole-fied. Us was all cracking up. He says: nah nah nah 9 o’clock. I go back at 9 a.m. and there’s a dozen people in line.
There are all kinds of food booths. Hard to choose. I just go with whoever has the shortest line or none at all.
I love this event even though its so freaking crowded. But I have my space and I’m okay. I don’t see people all year but walk into each other at Festival, talk story anden yeah see you next year den. A hui hou!
Be Blessed (\O/)