Taffy and the amazing staff and volunteers at UTOPIA Seattle has kindly invited Huraiti Mana back to join them in their annual Lū'au celebration! United Territories of Pacific Islanders Alliance, also known as UTOPIA is a queer and trans people of color-led, grassroots organization born out of the struggles, challenges, strength, and resilience of the Queer and Trans Pacific Islander (QTPI – “Q-T-pie”) community in South King County. Support this non-profit organization and join in the celebration complete with a full lū'au feast, Pasifika entertainment, traditional music, and so much great company. Mahalo & mauruuru!
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Time: 6PM Registration
Place: Welcome Palace 21031 International Blvd. Seatac, WA 98198
Purhcase tickets online.
Huraiti Mana will be joining for another consecutive year, the Annual Northwest Folklife Festival with an Ori Tahiti Ahuroa dance workshop on Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 3:00PM - 4:20PM. Please join Kalei'okalani Onzuka Matsui as she shares with you basic steps of Ori Tahiti, original choreography of an ahuroa or mehura, and a look toward reo Tahiti, Tahitian language.
Date: Sunday, May 26, 2019
Time: 3PM - 4:20PM
Place: Seattle Center Armory Theater 4 (upstairs)
Event: 48th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival
A full itinerary of the weekend's events will be up on May 1, 2019!
A big mahalo and ho'omaika'i to API Chaya! Mahalo for inviting Huraiti Mana to celebrate with you at your very special, warm, and welcoming gala and congratulations on such a successful fundraising event! API Chaya, with its amazing donors and family, was able to raise over $340,000 to support survivors at their annual Gala on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at The Westin Seattle.
The theme of this year's Gala: "We Believe Survivors." API Chaya serves and provides resources for survivors of violence and exploitation - they center survivors' "dignity, autonomy, and leadership" in all the work they do. API Chaya served 785 survivors and their dependents (families) and trained over 12,000 service providers, community, and faith leaders in 2018 alone.
Huraiti Mana is blessed to be a part of an amazingly supportive, loving, and caring community. We hoped to bring to their event a cause for celebration, and excitement for life, body positivity and ownership, and a joy that transcends across all cultures, with the joy of dance. Mahalo nui loa for inviting us into your home, your mission, and your community. E Mālama Pono!
Join us for this historical event as Lacey enjoys its first annual Polynesian Festival! Lacey PolyFest is a non-profit event comprised of dedicated individuals, families, and local organizations who are volunteering their time and skills to celebrate the region's cultural diversity. Huraiti Mana will be joining in on the fun with an Ori Tahiti performance at 12:20PM! We hope to see you there!
Date: Saturday, June 22, 2019
Time: 10AM - 6PM; Huraiti Mana performs at 12:20PM
Place: Regional Athletic Complex 8345 Steilacoom Rd SE Olympia, WA 98513
10:30-10:50 Laumua Students - RJ Maae/Irene Tavai
11:00-11:30 Hula Halau ‘O Keala’akua Naniloa Mana’oakamai - Charmaine Galiza
11:40-12:00 FACES Dance Company - Kristine Keliiki
12:10-12:40 Guma ‘Imahe - Joel Larimer
12:50-1:10 Huraiti Mana - Kalei’okalani Matsui
1:20-1:50 Poerava - Monique Maiava
2:00-2:30 NW Blend - Alika Kaeka
2:40-3:10 Ke Liko A’e O Lei Lehua e Kupuaokalani - Kapua Quenga
3:20-3:50 Lemana Polynesian Revue & Laumua Boys - Anne Mavaega & RJ Maae
4:00-4:30 JBLM Band - Sgt. Walker
4:40-5:00 Mama Lusi - Lusiana Mapu-Lara
5:10-5:45 Te Fare O Tamatoa - Malia Radford
5:55-6:15 Amataga Fou - Irene Tavai
6:20-6:50 Lemana Band - Anne Mavaega
7:00-7:30 Ms B Royal - Jessica Logologo
Huraiti Mana's first time joining Te Ori Here solo dance competition featuring Sefa Drums as the house drummers! Our idols! As expected, Sefa drumbeats were electric and truly intensified our performance! We're so happy to have had the opportunity to dance live to these amazingly talented and creative drumming masters, especially after hearing their Moemoea album for so long.
This was one of our Huraiti's first-ever solo competition, and we're so immensely proud of her! She flew a red-eye flight from Seattle to San Fransico after emceeing a late-night event, spent the night at the airport, and flew in hot-off-the-press Saturday morning straight into the competition! DEDICATION! We've found that traveling for solo competitions can be difficult, but workshops, meeting new dancers, and competing, can be so incredibly rewarding! Eci and I made it to finals but didn't bring in the top 3 in our categories this time! Mahalo and mauruuru to all those who work so diligently to create an amazing event.
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