In honor of the Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month in May, we were excited to bring back in its third year — HAPI Fest NJ! This year, we celebrated it at The Woodland in Maplewood, New Jersey.
We commemorated the festival with programming that celebrates AAPI cultures and their rich cultural traditions with Asian dance and music performers, activities, and food. It's FREE and open to the public.
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PIMA (Philippine Integrated Martial Arts) Academy from Jersey City will be doing a demonstration of Filipino Martial Arts (Doce Pares) and Eskrima, a Filipino martial art known for lighting fast movements utilizing weapons (sticks, knives, swords, and daggers) as well as empty hand trapping and striking techniques, including takedowns and locks. Learn more about this type of martial arts.
Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima o Nūioka with live music from PAʻI Trio will be performing at HAPI Fest NJ to celebrate the AAPI Heritage Month in May to spread some aloha! Carol Lau and Roberta Uno lead the New York City extension of the hālau hula (school of traditional Hawaiian dance) founded by Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine. Learn more about the mele (poetry/song) and about this hula tradition.
The PAʻI Trio will perform live and share Hawaii’s unique acoustic guitar style, slack key, ʻukulele stylings, and rich storytelling that transport audiences to Hawaii at HAPI Fest NJ to celebrate the AAPI Heritage Month in May. The PA'I Trio, Claudia Goddard, Chris Davis, and Andy Wang will accompany the halau hula (school of traditional dance), Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima o Nūioka.
Kinding Sindaw is an NYC-based nonprofit dance theater company composed of indigenous tradition-bearers, Filipino American artists, and educators from all backgrounds founded in 1992 by Potri Ranka Manis. Kinding Sindaw exists to assert, preserve, reclaim, and re-create the traditions of dance, music, martial arts, storytelling, and orature of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao, Southern Philippines.
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.
Since 1856, Seton Hall University has been a place where leaders learn. When Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley founded Seton Hall, he envisioned a home for the mind, the heart, and the spirit—one that recognizes the dignity of all, welcomes each student fully and treasures their gifts.
Today, Seton Hall University celebrates a diverse tapestry of ideas and perspectives that enrich the dialogue and academic discussion in the classroom.
At Sack Orthodontics, we take your goals, needs, financial constraints, and even emotional readiness into account before we begin treatment. Why? Because we know you’re more than just a set of teeth. You’re a whole person.
Carol Velez Fardin knows what makes people connect when it comes to finding that perfect home. A Maplewood resident since 2001, her background in the fields of marketing, sales, and business development is the perfect segue as a KW Realtor serving the sought-after towns along the Mid-town Direct train line.
As an institution devoted to creating a more just and literate society, the Maplewood Memorial Library has redoubled its efforts to correct misinformation, deepen historical understanding, and build empathy and understanding through literature, media, and art. Our library continues to play a vital role in fostering knowledge and understanding and catalyzing dialogue, reflection and deliberation.
SOMSD Chinese Teachers lead our new Asian Clubs at both Maplewood Middle School and South Orange Middle School. The Middle Schools' Clubs will be a great continuation of the established and active Columbia High School's Asian American Student Alliance. The Asian Clubs are an inclusive and safe space for a diverse group of students whose aim is to build cross-cultural understanding and promote positive relationships amongst students of all backgrounds.
Everyone at NJPAC stands in solidarity with those fighting against structural racism, societal inequity, and police brutality, and for civil rights, multiculturalism, and authentic inclusion. Changing the world requires the efforts of everyone. Now, more than ever, each of us has an indispensable part to play.
SOMA Families is a welcoming and inclusive community of parents and caregivers from South Orange and Maplewood (and the bordering towns). SOMA Families remains committed to inclusiveness and representing the diverse communities they serve.
The Filipino School of New York & New Jersey promotes the learning of Philippine languages and arts, and the understanding of its rich culture, values, and tradition. The school is open to all regardless of race, religion, or creed. They offer programs for students of all ages to provide a positive and enriching learning experience in the classroom and in the community.
Do you want to share something, i.e. info, crafts, or activities for the attendees? Are you interested to host a table at HAPI Fest to share some info about your group or organization?
Look out for the next HAPI Fest NJ!