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The spirit has returned

It's been so, so long ago
It's been so, so long ago
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The spirit of Aloha is returning to the San Fernando Valley this weekend, at long last. It's been four uneventful years since we last had a Ho'olaulea in the greater San Fernando Valley. God, Akua knows we need one. Every year.

In fact, the grand Ho'olaulea of every year, down at Alondra Park had its beginnings in North Hollywood Park nearly fifty years ago. Just ask valley resident Bobby Chun. He was one of the original rascals kolohe who began these Hawaiian Festivals. Akua blesses you, Bobby.

Now, we have Hawaiian Festivals in Ventura County, Santa Clarita Valley, Simi Valley and San Dimas and Santa Fe Springs. This is what spreading the Aloha is all about.

The San Fernando Valley has enough interest in Pacific Island culture with its ex-patriots from the islands, and its residents who have been there and have been stricken with the bug of Aloha spirit. Witness the growth of hula and Polynesian halaus (dance studios) throughout the valley from Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Granada Hills, Santa Clarita and Simi Valley. They are proliferating like wild maile vines in the forests of the Big Island.

This Saturday and Sunday at Northridge Park will mark the Aloha Festival in the Valley's inaugural event. This time, though, the entire two day event is devoted entirely to all things Polynesian and Asian Pacific specific. How about that, folks. All shows, all events, vendors and food booths will have the island influence. This will be pure South Seas immersion into the island culture.

We have Ms. Barbara Imbach to thank, mahalo for bringing it all back.

So, get your flip flops slippahs on, with your t-shirts and walking shorts and come on out to enjoy a taste of the islands with halau dancers, island style musicians, loco moco plate lunches, spam musubi's and lots of island items to choose from the retail vendor booths. Bring the entire family. It's all local style atmosphere.

Northridge Park, 10058 Reseda Boulevard, Northridge; Saturday, May 31, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, June 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parking is Free, and for the children, keiki's, a full screening of Disney's "Lilo and Stitch" will be presented at sundown on Saturday

More information, call: (818) 882-1212

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