The weather's warming up quite a bit. We're heading into the summer months, and we all know what that means. It's Polynesian time.
Ho'ikes, Ho'olauleas, Festivals and luaus are coming our way.
Begin your season by heading out to two events this weekend: Heritage of Aloha Festival in Santa Fe Springs, and The Aloha Hula Studio of Granada Hills' 5th Annual Ho'ike at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
No better way to relax into this weekend than to bring your beach mats to Heritage Park in Santa Fe Springs, sit in the mid-morning shade and observe the undulations of the Tahitian, the grace of the Hula, and listen to songs and drumbeats of the islands. You're there.
Take a deep breath of the aroma of beef and chicken teriyaki sizzling on grills from the food vendors. Observe the smiling faces, laughter and groups of family and friends enjoying the day. After your plate lunch of loco moco and macaroni salad and rice, it's time to take a little walk. Check out the vendors with their made for locals t-shirts of unique designs and sayings. Pick-up a couple of tees for the summer.
As the sun begins to dip in the afternoon, make time to get to the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles in time for the 7 p.m. showcase of the Aloha Hula Studio of Granada Hills' 5th Annual Ho'ike. Treat yourself to the plush grandeur of this historic venue that began with vaudeville and is now staging a Polynesian spectacle for the evening.
Parking is available in the immediate vicinity. Doors open at 6 p.m. and seating is first come basis, so get there early, cool off in your plush seat and enjoy the show. There are a few tickets left, so contact the studio quickly, as they are only available on a pre-show basis.
There will be flower vendors, food vendors, and alcoholic beverages will be sold in the theater, so have a designated driver, if you imbibe.
Now if you haven't had enough on Saturday, go back to Heritage Park on Sunday and bring your ukulele for the uke contest that they're having. There might also be a spam musubi eating contest, if you're still hungry.
Heritage Park, 12100 Mora Dr., Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 HeritageofAlohaFestival@gmail.com Free parking and admission
Get your Poly on.