The Le brothers of goPoké kindly invited Huraiti Mana to perform at their first birthday celebration! The day kicked off with raffle prizes, giveaways, and rainbow cake from Cakes of Paradise. Festivities went on from 11:00AM - 808PM (shout out!). Congratulations to the Le borthers and their entire 'ohana for such a successful year. Their family's story is rich and full of triumph. We are all here, supporting the future of our communities, creating new traditions, and furthering our culture and history. Here, in Seattle. But we will always remember Hawai'i as the home of our hearts.
An entire year has gone by, and the International Examiner welcomed Huraiti Mana for its 25th Annual Community Voice Awards and 43rd Anniversary Benefit Dinner on September 21 at the Joyale Restaurant.
From all of us to all of you, we extend a warm aloha and congratulations to all of the awardees! Draped in Huraiti Mana orchid lei, the below were honored for their extensive and genuine support and advocacy for our communities.
Our huraiti (dancers) sincerely enjoyed themselves sharing our song and dance with so many different groups and communities at the Duwamish River Festival on Saturday, August 26. Amigos de Seattle, Seattle Thai Classical Music and Dance, and more were brought together to celebrate the hard work of the Duwamish River Clean-Up Coalition.
Founded in 2001 by efforts of the community, this Seattle-based non-profit organization serves to restore and protect the Duwamish River while perpetuating the values and livelihood of the families and small businesses who live and work in the neighboring areas. With meaningful collaborations and research efforts, the coalition creates culturally-sensitive year-round programming including offering guided river tours, educational forums, habitat-restoration events, youth programs, and festivals such as the annual Duwamish River Festival.
To the team at the Duwamish River Clean-Up Coalition, mauruuru roa for extending such a warm and welcoming invitation to Huraiti Mana! We are grateful to learn more about your mission and hope to continue to support in the years to come. Haere mua!
We had such a great time performing hula and ori Tahiti or Tahitian in our hometown Chinatown-International District as a part of the Seattle Asian American Film Festival summer series! We met awesome folks at the lei-making station, and we're proud of all the beautiful lei that were made over great conversation, laughs, and new ideas. We hope to see some of our newfound friends at upcoming practices and lei workshops! Special thanks to SAAFF and to InterIM CDA for hosting and supporting such a fun and family-friendly event.
Missed out on the Moana film-screening? Catch the next films every Saturday for the rest of August!
Saturday, Aug 5 | Mr. Nice Guy
Saturday, Aug. 12 | The Mermaid
Saturday, Aug. 19 | Fearless
Saturday, Aug. 26 | Big Hero 6
Especially being so close with the CID community, we love to share in community engagement and some old-fashioned family fun. Mahalo nui from Huraiti Mana!
Families of Color Seattle put on a great, amazing program and fun-filled day Sunday, June 4, 2017 as a part of their FOCS Art Fest 2017! Educational booths lined the perimeter of the historic Washington Hall space, and the entire center of the room was filled with so many families, friends, and young children dancing non-stop as each performer took the stage. It was such an inspiring experience, seeing all of these community members come together to celebrate arts, performers of color, cultural diversity, and each other.
Huraiti Mana proudly performed with such internationally acclaimed and well renowned talent - mahalo nui loa for having us!
Guayaba | Au Collective | FICA Seattle Studio Capoeira Angola | DoNormaal | Daniel Pak | Northwest Tap Connection | Kouyate Arts | Massive Monkees
And mauruuru roa to FOCS for all the work you do to inspire and foster a more just future for our children.
API Heritage month continued with the VA Puget Sound HealthCare System's own Asian American Pacific Island Heritage Month Workforce Succession & Cultural Celebration which took place on Thursday, May 26, 2017 in their facilities. Huraiti Mana was kindly invited to perform hula at the Seattle facility along with various community groups. We love to participate in celebrations featuring others who are just as passionate about their culture, heritage, and traditional disciplines. We met so many kind-hearted and open people during the performance. Mahalo nui loa to all the staff who invited us to partake in delicious food and greeted us with warmth, it was so much fun!
Rainier Yacht Club is a small boating community right off of the marina in the Rainier Valley area. It was the first club in the northwest to change its by-laws and rightfully recognize women as full participating members of the club with the power to vote in 1975. Now there are hundreds of women in yacht clubs around the northwest, and every other year they join together in celebration over food and drinks. This year, Rainier Yacht Club hosted the event and invited Huraiti Mana. 90 women gathered together with Hawaiian food, music, and dance. One guest was celebrating her 95th birthday. It was a fun event, and we hope to see these women boating about in the sound, soon!
We had so much fun at the API Heritage Month Celebration at the Seattle Center on Sunday, May 7, 2017! Festivities began at 11:45AM with non-stop performances representing cultures and traditions of Asians and Pacific Islanders. There was a great turnout of guests, and we're so happy that Huraiti Mana was able to share both Hula of the Hawaiian islands and Ori Tahiti of the islands of Tahiti in the South Pacific. Many thanks to the entire team including Huraiti Mamas, sound team, and of course all our huraiti! As a Native-Hawaiian, Japanese, Black, and Chinese huraiti, I am proud of my heritage and love to celebrate - not only through dance, food, and music, but also talking-story, meeting others, and making connections. May we continue to share in the ongoing celebration of who we are as a people and the many cultures we represent.
We also had a super-busy lei-making station for keiki (children) and adults! Great job to those who took on the task of wili lei-making.
Mauruuru roa to the many event planners and volunteers at this event; it was such a welcoming and fun event. A hui hou, see you next year!
Huraiti Mana was invited to celebrate with 21 Progress at their 2nd annual Imagine Us awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday, April 13, 2017. It was a sold out event with 250 guests across our communities who gathered to support young, emerging leaders. Congrats to 21 Progress as together, they raised double their funds from their 2016 event for a total $60,000!
21 Progress is a non-profit program that seeks to enhance leadership development through education, civic engagement, and arts and culture. They provide programs, internships, and networking opportunities to engage youth and advance their powerful ideas. They believe in collective power, community building, personal liberation, and equity for all.
Congrats, again, to 21 Progress and their awarded leaders. Thank you to everyone for inviting Huraiti Mana to join such a powerful and meaningful event. We are truly honored to be a part of this community.
The International Examiner (IE) held its 24th Annual Community Voice Awards & 42nd Annual Benefit Dinner on September 22, 2016 at the Joyale Seafood Restaurant in Seattle's Chinatown-International District. Community leaders and members gathered together to celebrate the achievements of local Asian Pacific Americans including awardees: