Hawaiian and South Pacific Islander culture said "Aloha" to Tempe this weekend. The Arizona 2011 Aloha Festival brought out not only a hot sun, but many different performances, foods, and Hawaiian print shirts. The festival's main objective was to bring awareness about Hawaiian and South Pacific Islander culture, which it most definitely did. With three different stages and stations for children to participate in arts and crafts, the festival was very well-rounded and patrons seemed to be pleased as they munched on their Kalua pig and Kilauea Ice. Free canoe rides were given in Tempe Town Lake, and everyone was decorated with leis, grass skirts, and sunblock. Reggae bands, Samoan choirs, and traditional dance groups were lively as everyone soaked up a few rays while watching each performance.
PHOTOS BY SARA DALTON