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According to the 2010 Census, there are more than 2,200 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) in the 7 county Cleveland area.


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2016

Hula Fusion Polynesian Ensemble

One of the highlights of the 7th annual Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration put on by the International Community Council Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) in Cleveland at the Global Center for Health Innovation was the performance of the Hula Fusion Polynesian Ensemble.

Dancers from the Hula Fusion Polynesian Ensemble

Photos and Videos from Hula Fusion Polynesian Ensemble


Traditional Hawaiian Clothing

A highlight of the 7th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.



Fashions from Hawaii - Jona Santo Domingo and Jaydel Santo Domingo

Jona Santo Domingo and Jaydel Santo Domingo


More from the 2016 ICC-WIN Multicultural Party


2015

Traditional Hawaiian Clothing

A highlight of the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.

Models Christina Yee and Jaime Juarez Jr.

A classic part of Hawaii's wardrobe having similar patterns and colors are the Muumuu and Aloha shirt representing the traditional wear of men and women of Hawaii as both pieces are descendants from the missionary design to which was forced upon the native people. The best quality of shirts and muumuus are made of natural cotton and silk imprinting the beautiful feature of floral patterns native to Hawaii. The haku and lei are key pieces too.

Fashion of Hawaii

Fashion of Hawaii

Fashion of Hawaii

Videos and photos of the International Fashion Show


Hula Fusion Polynesian Dancers

The closing performance at the ICC-WIN event was by the Hula Fusion Polynesian Dancers.

Hula Fusion Polynesian Dancers

Hula Fusion Polynesian Dancers


This is a dance from Bora Bora with the ladies wearing grass skirts.

See more photos and videos from the Hula Fusion Polynesian Dancers


2013

2013 Cleveland Asian Festival


May 18-19, 2013

The 4th annual Cleveland Asian Festival attracted 38,380 attendees over the weekend of May 18-19, 2013. They spent over $2 million in the AsiaTown neighborhood. There were dozens of performances from local, regional, and national performing groups including headliner Cheesa from NBC's The Voice.

People enjoyed Asian cuisine from over 20 different restaurants and shopping in the World Market which was filled with merchants of Asian themed products while sponsors had informational displays at their tent.

Polynesian Hula Fusion at the 2013 Cleveland Asian Festival

Hula dances from the Polynesian and Hawaiian Islands peformed by Polynesian Hula Fusion

Polynesian Hula Fusion

10 pages of photos and videos of the Cleveland Asian Festival


2012

Report on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in Cleveland Ohio
Ariel International Center
October 29, 2012

Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA), in partnership with APIAVote, presented key findings from A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the Midwest, 2012 on October 29, 2012 at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland.

Marita Etcubanez, Director of Programs, Asian American Justice Center

Marita Etcubanez, Director of Programs, Asian American Justice Center


Ohana Aloha Polynesian Dancers
ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion
September 3, 2012

The Ohana Aloha Polynesian Dancers performed traditional Hawaiian Island dances at the ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion at Ohio's Celtic and International Festival.

Ohana Aloha Hawaiian Dancers

Ohana Aloha Hawaiian Dancers



2007


2007 Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration


Cleveland Asian/Pacific Island Heritage Celebration sign 2007




Organizations and Resources for Pacific Islanders in Cleveland

According to Wikipedia, the Pacific Ocean contains an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 islands (the exact number has yet to be precisely determined). Those islands lying south of the tropic of Cancer but excluding Australia are traditionally grouped into three divisions: Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Inhabitants are sometimes referred to as Pacific Islanders.

Melanesia means black islands. These include New Guinea (the largest Pacific island, which is divided into the sovereign nation of Papua New Guinea and the Indonesian provinces of Maluku, Papua and West Papua), New Caledonia, Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait Islands),Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands.

Micronesia means small islands. These include the Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Most of these lie north of the equator.

Polynesia means many islands. These include New Zealand, the Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, the Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island. It is the largest of the three zones.


Bronze statue of Chief Gadao, Inarajan, Guam.

Bronze statue of Chief Gadao, Inarajan, Guam.


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Map of Polynesia

Map of Micronesia

Map of Micronesia




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Cleveland Pacific Islanders Feedback and Memories

Tahitian Women on the Beach by Paul Gauguin

Tahitian Women on the Beach by Paul Gauguin



Pacific Islanders History and Culture


Micronesia

In 1979 the Federated States of Micronesia, a UN Trust Territory under US administration, adopted a constitution. In 1986 independence was attained under a Compact of Free Association with the US, which was amended and renewed in 2004.

Present concerns include large-scale unemployment, overfishing, and overdependence on US aid.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


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French Polynesia

The French annexed various Polynesian island groups during the 19th century. In September 1995, France stirred up widespread protests by resuming nuclear testing on the Mururoa atoll after a three-year moratorium. The tests were suspended in January 1996.

In recent years, French Polynesia's autonomy has been considerably expanded.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


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Easter Island

Easter Island



Tell us about the music, food, holidays, traditions, costumes, language and other qualities that make Pacific Islanders so special.

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Profiles of Pacific Islanders in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Sukarno, Indonesia's founding president

Sukarno, Indonesia's founding president



Jakarta, capital of Indonesia

Jakarta, capital of Indonesia



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Kalani?opu?u, King of Hawaii bringing presents to Captain Cook. Illustrated by John Webber, artist aboard Cook's ship.

Kalanropuu, King of Hawaii bringing presents to Captain Cook. Illustrated by John Webber, artist aboard Cook's ship.


Solomon Islands from the air

Solomon Islands




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