The 13th Annual Tiki Beach Festival held over the weekend attracted many Long Beach residents and locals in the Belmont Shore area to this year's theme "Ohana by the Sea".
It was fun, food and entertainment as the summer comes down to a close a week before the Labor Day weekend with families, including four legged family members, enjoying an outing at the beach Hawaiian style.
Located on Granada Beach 5101 E. Ocean Blvd, an area teeming with other activities such as beach volley ball, parasail surfing, jet skiing and Rosie's dog beach—summertime fun in the sun was everywhere.
For many up-rooted islanders now living in the mainland, the festival may not be quite like the real thing, but it is a cultural event that brought many together to mingle and enjoy traditional activities such as tiki carving, arts & crafts, canoe rides, vendors selling island art and products, with Hawaiian music and Polynesian dance troops for entertainment.
"I have been living in Belmont Shore for five years. The Tiki Festival is easy walking distance and this is delicious!" said Mary Silverstein as she proudly holds up her non-alcoholic Piña Colada drink in a pineapple along side her friend Susan Gillespie visiting from Cleveland, Ohio.
By Sunday evening it is "All Pau", translation — "All Done!", and it is "Aloha! Until we meet again next year."
Special thanks to Susan Gillespie, Mary Silverstein, and Terry Paulsen with little Lily.