2016 Tafesilafai Pacific Islander Festival
July 17 - 24, 2016
"Lead and Serve: Ta’ita’i ma Tautua"
The 20th Annual Tafesilafa'i Festival celebrates the thoughts, art and culture
of California's Pacific Islander Communities
The promise of the 20th Tafesilafa'i is this: You Belong. This is a recurring theme during Jesus’ earthly ministry. When Jesus encountered people who feel out of place, such as the poor, orphans, widows, prostitutes, tax collectors, strangers and children, his response to them has consistently been: You Belong with me. To those who were concern about a place to belong when Jesus leaves, Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust God, and trust me. There are many places in my father’s house and if not, I would go and prepare a place for you. So where I am, there you will be also.” [John 14:1-3]
The weeklong celebration starts July 17th and ends July 24th, 2016. Admission to the Festival is FREE.
Background: Tafesilafa'i started in 1997 as a conversation about creating an environment where Samoan identity can belong. Tafesilafa'i has now grown into an educative
platform where issues in the Pacific Islander communities are surfaced and contributions by Pacific Islanders are made. The promise is to bring healing to families, community, and others. Participants in Tafesilafa'i deepen their faith, hone their talents, and heighten their cultural awareness as they share with others. It is an affirmation of respect for God, family and self in community.