Pearls of the South Pacific Polynesian Luau on 26 May 2018
Pearls of the South Pacific (PSP) dancers reflect different island heritages such as Samoa, Rotuma, New Zealand Maori, Fiji, Hawaii, and Tonga as well as Canada. Many of the young dancers are second generation islanders born in Canada with the desire to learn and pass on their culture’s stories and dances. Whether as part of the audience or as a participant, the PSP performances clearly resonate with their colorful dances, costumes and melodies represented in a variety of dances from the islands.
Based in Victoria, PSP is a Polynesian multicultural dance group started in 1997 by Muavae Va’a after he moved to British Columbia from the island of Samoa. “I have had the privilege to work and dance with many youth as they grew up within the group and also with many who have joined the group as adults.” Today Muavae and two of his children, Tua and Penina, continue to dance with the group that he started.
“Over the years we have shared our dances at many events in Vancouver Island communities and on the B.C. mainland, including Folk Fest Victoria, Greek Fest, One Wave Festival, First Nations Pow-wows and many weddings and family events. Looking forward to our next 20 years, it is our desire is to see this beautiful and unique culture shared with all who are committed to harmony and peace within the multicultural society that we live in.”
Pearls of the South Pacific Fund Raiser
Join PSP for an exciting colorful evening of dances and songs including all the flavours of an authentic Polynesian style feast with a traditional pig roast. As part of the evening, the popular South Pacific band, Tradewinds, will serenade guests with charming music from Western Samoa, New Zealand, Rotuma, Hawai`i and Fiji. Definitely an event for the WHOLE FAMILY!
Money raised on this joyful evening will go toward purchasing materials to create new authentic costumes while continuing PSP’s goal of passing on traditions to the next generations. The group also hopes to create a modest travel fund that will allow it to accept invitations for the first time to perform at some events and festivals a little farther from home.
Where: 7728 Tetayut Rd, Saanichton, BC at the Tswout First Nations Gymnasium.
Date and Time: Saturday, 26 May 2018. Doors open at 4 p.m.; Feast Served at 5 p.m.; Entertainment at 6:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices: Adult = $35 (18 years and up); Seniors = $25 (65+); Students = $25 (13 to 17 years)