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* Lincoln Center Presents The Paʻakai We Bring

The Paʻakai We Bring introduces young audiences and families to native Hawaiian traditions around the cultivation of pa‘akai (salt). Traditionally, paʻakai has many uses: as food, as medicine, as a sacrament, and as a treasured gift. The piece follows multiple generations of salt farmers on Kauai, mixing ancient stories, hula, live music, original songs, and plenty of audience participation into a tasty potluck of performance, joyously served up with aloha!

To make the arts more accessible, tickets are available on a Choose-What-You-Pay basis. There is a suggested ticket price of $20.00, as well as options to pay more or less.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact Guest Experience at 212-875-5456 or guestexperience@lincolncenter.org.

Date/Time:    Multiple shows:
Friday, May 17, 2024 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 11:00 AM
Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 2:00 PM
Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 11:00 AM
Sunday, May 19, 2024 at 2:00 PM
Location:    Clark Studio Theater
Samuel B. & David Rose Building
165 West 65th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10023
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* Aloha Days Family Festival at National Museum of the American Indian New York

This year’s family festival celebrates all things Hawaiʻi! Enjoy a hula performance and learn the history behind the dance, get to know Hawaiian musical instruments, watch animated short films about ocean safety, and participate in a variety of hands-on activities for all ages.

Date:    Multiple shows:
Saturday, May 18, 2024
Sunday, May 19, 2024
Time:    11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location:    National Museum of the American Indian New York
Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004
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* Hālau Hula O Nā Mele ʻĀina O Hawaiʻi Hula Demonstration at The Barrymore Film Center

Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with an amazing Hula demonstration! The dancers of Hālau Hula O Nā Mele ʻĀina O Hawaiʻi will perform both ancient style hula dance (hula kahiko) and modern style (hula ʻauana).

The kahiko performance (ancient hula) goes back in time with chants from ancient Hawaiʻi as we honor the goddess Pele, and move forward to the monarchy period and into more contemporary chants honoring Hawaiʻi's birds, flowers, people, and the land.

The ʻauana performance (modern hula) still tells the stories of land, sea, animals, and people, as well as emotions, often using ancient musical instruments which blend the ancient and modern.

No Registration Required

Date:    Sunday, May 19, 2024
Time:    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location:    The Barrymore Film Center
153 Main St
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
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* Community Building Yin & Yang: Self Defense and Lei-Making Workshop at Queens Botanical Garden

This 2-hour workshop explores the two sides of community-building that allow us to connect through gentleness and empowerment. The workshop features a 45-minute lesson on self-defense in collaboration with Asian Defense Alliance, and a 1-hour lei-making workshop exploring hilo twist technique of lei-making. We will use traditional Hawaiian ti laʻi (leaves) and locally foraged leaves and florals to make lei for the participants to take home.

This workshop takes place during Free Admission Hours. Seats are limited. Registration is required. Suggested age: 6+ Years.

Date:    Sunday, May 19, 2024
Time:    11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location:    Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main St
Flushing, NY 11355
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* Spring Community Week NYC 2024 — Dancers Unlimited: 10th NYC Anniversary Celebration featuring Hula Workshops and Performances

Join us May 27th - June 2nd at La Mama Moves! Dance Festival for a week of Hula & Hawaiian cultural workshops, performances of Edible Tales: Hoʻokupu and dances from the Pacific Island community in NYC, a film screening, and an Open Style Dance Battle!

Dancers Unlimited is a bi-coastal company in NYC and Hawaiʻi. The company creates authentic moveMEANT narratives through community engagement, creative collaboration and social justice work.This summer marks its 10th year creating work with and for the NYC community.The week's events include Hula workshops with Kumu Hula ʻAuliʻi Aweau from Oahu that culminate in a hōʻike (sharing) at the Hoʻoulu Community Hula Performance.

The community performance features four Hula Hālau, two Pacific Islander dance companies, and a land acknowledgement blessing by Red Hawk Native American Council. DUʻs dancers will also be sharing its latest repertoire work, Edible Tales: Hoʻokupu <The Offering> on June 1st with two performances. Edible Tales is a culmination of a 3-year creative process that centers community engagement to explore cultural heritage, social justice and sustainability through food-related topics.

Performers include Te Ao Mana, Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima o Nūioka, Ka Pā Hula O Laʻakea, Kinding Sindaw, Hālau Hula O Nā Mele ʻĀina O Hawaiʻi, Red Hawk Native American Council, and more.

Other event highlights include a film screening in partnership with Pacific Island Film Festival of NYC, and an open style battle honoring the companyʻs roots in the NYC street dance community.

Date/Time:    Multiple events and shows from May 27, 2024 to June 2, 2024:

Hoʻoulu Hula Workshops
Monday, May 27, 2024 to Thursday, May 30, 2024

Hoʻoulu Community Hula Performance
Friday, May 31, 2024 at 7:00 PM

Edible Tales: Hoʻokupu <The Offering> Performances
Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM

“Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi” Film Screening
Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 4:30 PM

DUNYC 10 Open Style Battle
Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 5:00 PM

Location:    Hula Worshops at:
La Mama's Rehearsal Studio
47 Great Jones St
New York, NY 10012
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Performances at:
La Mama's Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 E 4th St, 2nd Floor
(Between Bowery and 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
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* 2024 Annual Hawaii Potluck Picnic in Central Park

Started many ago by members of the local Hawaiian community to celebrate May Day, the Annual Hawaii Potluck Picnic brings the Hawaiian community together each year (usually) on the first Sunday of June in a Hawaiian style potluck with ono food, kanikapila Hawaiian music and hula. Everyone is invited to dance hula or play some Hawaiian music so bring your mele, hula and instruments.

Please bring a dish to share and if possible, your own reuseable utensils and beverage. We also ask that you take any trash you generate out of the park so we may mālama the area. Mahalo nui loa a hui hou kākou!
Date:    Sunday, June 2, 2024
Usually the first Sunday in June (rain or shine)
Time:    12 PM to 4 PM
Location:    Summit Rock
W 85th St and Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Directions:    Use the 85th Street entrance to the park. Keep right on the path until you see the lamppost sign "Summit Rock" then go up the hill.

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* Hālau Hula O Nā Mele ʻĀina ʻO Hawaiʻi
Instructor:    Luana Haraguchi
Web:    http://hulanewyork.com/
Info:    (845) 359-9214 or email info@hulanewyork.com
Class Locations:    Manhattan
Open Jar Studios
1601 Broadway 11th Floor
(Enter on 48th Street)
New York NY 10019

Central Park
Note: Classes held outdoors in Central Park during the spring/summer, weather permitting (call for location)

Rockland County
249 Betsy Ross Drive
Orangeburg NY 10962
Classes:    Class Schedule

Open Jar Studios: Mondays, 7 PM - 9 PM
Central Park or Zoom: Thursdays, 7 PM - 9 PM
Please email info@hulanewyork.com if you plan on attending and for specific location details.

Keiki (Children)
TBD: Please call Luana Haraguchi at (845) 359-9214
* Lotus Music & Dance / Lei Pasifika
Instructors:    Makalina Gallagher and Carol Leogite
Web:    http://www.lotusmusicanddance.org and http://www.leipasifika.com
Info:    Hula/Ukulele: makalina@gmail.com
Tahitian: info@leipasifika.com
Class Location:    Hula:
Simple Studios
134 West 29th St, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001

Luna Performing Arts
51 Murray Street, LL1
New York NY 10011
Classes:    Hula and Tahitian Class Schedule

* Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani Nuioka
We are a new branch of Halau Na Pua Mai Ka Lani based in Kalihi, O'ahu under the direction of Kumu Hula Kale Pawai.
Instructors:    Nā Alakaʻi: Tristan Vizconde & Chris Chung
Web:    http://napuanuioka.wix.com/nuioka
Info:    (347) 948-HULA or napuanuioka@gmail.com
Class Location:    23rd St Between 44th Ave and 44th Rd
Long Island City NY 11101
Classes:    Adult classes - all levels

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* Hawaiian Artists Shows – Aloha Paradise Revue
Web:    http://www.hawaiianartistsshowsnyc.com
Info:    Luana Haraguchi (845) 359-9214 or email HawaiianArtists@gmail.com
* Lei Pasifika
Web:    http://www.leipasifika.com
Info:    bookings@leipasifika.com
* Andy Wang

Andy Wang is a performer of traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar and contemporary Hawaiian music.

Web:    http://www.andywangmusic.com
Info:    Andy Wang at (973) 400-9264 or andywangmusic.com/contact

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* Halawai

Halawai is committed to building and supporting a community of people who share a common background or interest in Hawai'i. In the tradition of extended 'ohana (family), Halawai perpetuates the aloha spirit by bringing people together and providing a gathering place.
Web:    http://www.halawai.org
* University of Hawaii Alumni Association – East (New York)

This chapter was founded in March 1989. The UHAA-East chapter covers the eastern states of New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Web:    UHAA–East Chapter
Info:    Karen Liu
* Columbia University Hawaii Club
Facebook:    Malama Hawaii at Columbia University
Instagram:    Malama Hawaii
* New York University (NYU) Hawaii Club
Facebook:    NYU Hawaii Club
* Cornell University Hawaii Club
Facebook:    Cornell Hawaii Club
* Princeton Hawaii Club
Facebook:    Princeton Club of Hawaii
* University of Pennsylvania Hawaii Club
Facebook:    Penn Hawaii Club
* Punahou Alumni Association New York Regional Chapter
Web:    PAA New York (PAANY)
Facebook:    Punahou Alumni Association NY Tristate - PAANY
* Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association East Coast Region
Facebook:    Kamehameha Schools Alumni New York
Facebook:    Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association East Coast
* Hawai'i Cultural Foundation

The Hawai'i Cultural Foundation (HCF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating Hawaiian culture outside of Hawai'i. HCF develops programs that create a deeper understanding of ancient and contemporary Hawaiian traditions, and strives to strengthen a community of people who share a common ancestry, background or interest in Hawai'i.

NOTE: On February 12, 2007, the Hawaii Cultural Foundation posted a message that it has come to a close as it celebrates it's 10th anniversary since it was founded in 1997. Mahalo nui loa to founders Janu Cassidy and Michelle Akina; and NYC Ambassador of Aloha Nersa Miller!

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* Makana BBQ
Makana means ‘gift’ in Hawaiian. It is our goal to offer you the gift of Hawaii through our homemade food and warm service. Makana specializes in neighborhood delivery of fresh Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls and Asian BBQ. We are here to bring you the best of Hawaii - combining the delicious diverse taste of the islands and offering exceptional generous service based on the “Aloha” Spirit.
Web:    http://www.makananyc.com
Locations:    Upper West Side
161 W 106th St
New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-678-4569

Hamilton Heights
1502 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10031
Phone: 212-368-5033

Washington Heights
1329 Saint Nicholas Ave
New York, NY 10033
Phone: 646-869-1383

East Harlem
2245 1st Ave
New York, NY 10029
Phone: 212-996-3534
* Noreetuh
noreetuh is a modern Hawaiian restaurant located at 128 First Avenue in the East Village of New York City by Chef Chung Chow and his partners Gerald San Jose and Jin Ahn.

The menu is complemented by a carefully curated wine list by General Manager Jin Ahn of approximately 200 selections with a strong representation from France. In addition to the wines, there are a number of craft beers and specialty sakes on the list.

The restaurant’s goal is to create an atmosphere where guests can enjoy artfully crafted food paired with an approachable wine list in an enjoyable and casual environment, thus lending to the name noreetuh, which means playground in Korean.
Web:    http://www.noreetuh.com
Location:    128 1st Ave (between E 7th St and St Marks Pl)
New York NY 10009-5723
Phone: 646-892-3050
* Sweetcatch Poke
At Sweetcatch Poke, we’ve made it our mission since we opened in 2016 to create the best-tasting poke from what nature has to offer—without compromise. Our secret? No shortcuts. Just straight-up, 100% real, fresh ingredients. We serve innovative, chef-crafted poke made fresh daily at our fast-casual restaurants with five Manhattan locations. We’re not like the average poke place — our poke is served up Hawaiian-style. We marinate our sustainable, sushi-grade fish, roasted chicken and organic tofu with housemade sauces, which makes for seriously flavor-packed poke.
Web:    http://sweetcatchpoke.com
Locations:    Lexington
642 Lexington Ave
New York NY 10022
Phone: 212-593-1020

Grand Central
100 Park Ave
New York NY 10017
Phone: 646-837-6026

Maiden Lane
125 Maiden Lane
New York NY 10038
Phone: 212-933-0440

134 East 26th Street (Off Lexington Ave)
New York NY 10010
Phone: 212-481-4020

World Trade Center
Temporarily Closed
* Sons of Thunder
Sons of Thunder opened in October 2015 and is located in New York City's Murray Hill neighborhood. Our food is West Coast inspired - what you might find on a sunny day at a beach shack.
We care deeply about the source, quality and freshness of our ingredients, and all of our food is made-to-order to bring that freshness to you with every bite.

The founders, James and John, are hosts at heart who love to serve good food in a welcoming space. We hope your experience at Sons of Thunder brings you Maui breeze and Baja sun in midtown NY.
Web:    http://www.sonsofthunder.com
Location:    Murray Hill
204 E 38th St (between 2nd and 3rd Ave)
New York NY 10016-2705
Phone: 646-863-2212
* Pokéworks
At Pokéworks, we are committed to bringing you consistently delicious Hawaiian poké made using only the highest-quality sourced fish. We also view seafood as more than just a trend; we believe in the importance of meeting today's needs while preserving the oceans so that future generations will never have to fish in troubled waters. At Pokéworks, you can always feel great about what you're eating, so go ahead-let your taste buds indulge!
Web:    http://www.pokeworks.com
Locations:    Bryant Park
63 W 37th St
New York NY 10018
Phone: 646-257-4251

Hudson Yards
330 W 34th St
New York NY 10001
Phone: 917-261-6361

Grand Central
117 E 41st St
New York NY 10168
Phone: 646-653-9793

Union Square
21 E 15th St
New York NY 10003
Phone: 646-609-8848

169 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn NY 11211
Phone: 718-388-3121

Check website for more locations
* Kona Coffee Roasters
Established in 2017, Kona Coffee Roasters is the only coffee shop that brings Hawaii's premium Kona coffee to New York City.
Web:    https://www.konacoffee.nyc
Locations:    East Village
57 2nd Ave
New York NY 10003

201 W 21st St
New York NY 10011

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