Leeward CC presents 17th Annual International Festival

Festival features a weeklong celebration of world cultures

Leeward Community College
Raymund Liongson, (808) 455-0557
International Festival Coordinator, Philippine Studies
Kathleen R Cabral, (808) 455-0524
Marketing Director, Chancellor's Office
Posted: Mar 16, 2010

Leeward Community College presents the 17th Annual International Festival, March 15-19, 2010, on the Pearl City campus.  The Festival, based on the theme of “Celebrating World Cultures,” is a weeklong event featuring workshops, demonstrations and presentations, and a culminating day of international cultural activities, food, and entertainment.

Weekday sessions include:
  • Indigenous People’s Rights in International Law
  • Capoeira Workshop & Demonstration
  • Building Cross-Cultural Bridges to (and in) Bolivia
  • Central African Dance Workshop
  • “It’s in Our Hands:” America’s Demography and the 2010 Census
  • Conversation Celebration, opportunities to converse in various foreign languages
  • Film Screening and Panel Discussion on two Hawaiian language films, “Stones” and Live Tonight”
All activities are scheduled in various venues on campus. A complete listing of all sessions follows.

The week’s activities culminate with International Festival Day on Saturday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the College’s Eucalyptus and Tuthill Courtyards.  The day features a variety of international foods, music, and dance, along with cultural demonstrations, displays and hands-on activities.

The continuous entertainment includes Gee Yun International Martial Arts, Capoeira Besouro, Sounds and Colors of Cordillera with BIBAK, Ukwanshin Kabudan Ryukyu Performing Arts Group, Traditional West African Music and Dance by Sewa Fare , Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar by Dennis and David Kamakahi, Traditional Balkan and Middle Eastern Music, Partners in Time with Sourren Baronian, and Malia and Belly Dancers in Paradise. A variety of international foods will be available. 

The International Festival is free and open to the public.  The event is sponsored Leeward Community College, the Pacific and Asian Affairs Council, Census 2010, Preferred Home & Community Based Services, Inc., UNITE HERE Local 5, Pacific Telecard and Wireless, and Leeward CC Student Government. 

For more information, call Raymund Liongson at 455-0557.

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Leeward Community College 17th Annual International Festival

Monday, March 15 (GT 105)

10 a.m.        Indigenous People’s Rights in International Law, Le’a Kanehe, JD, LL.M.
11 a.m.        Building Cross-Cultural Bridges to (and in) Bolivia, Christine Beaule, PhD

Tuesday, March 16 (GT 105)
9-10:15 a.m.     Hawaiian Language Film Screenings & Panel Discussion: “Stones” by Ty Sanga and “Live Tonight” by Aina Paikai.  (Both films were premiered at last fall’s Hawaii International Film Festival.  These are Hawaiian language films with English subtitles)

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.     Conversation Celebration: A multi-lingual fair in the Learning Resource Center

Thursday, March 18
10:30-11:45 a.m.     200 Years of African-Americans in Hawai‘i, Deloris Guttman (GT 105)
Noon-1:15 p.m.      Central African Dance Workshop, Emily Uribe (Eucalyptus Courtyard)
Friday, March 19
10 - 11:50 a.m.    Capoeira Workshop & Demonstration: Capoeira Besouro (Eucalyptus Courtyard)
11 - 11:50 a.m.    It’s in Our Hands: America’s Demography and the 2010 Census, Marilyn Paguirigan
Saturday, March 20
Eucalyptus Courtyard

9 a.m. - Opening chant
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. - Chinese Lion Dance, Gee Yun International Martial Arts
9:50–10:20 a.m. - Afro-Brazilian  Capoeira, Capoeira Besouro
10:25-10:55 a.m. - Sounds and Colors of Cordillera, BIBAK
11:00-11:30 a.m. - Okinawan Music and Dance, Ukwanshin Kabudan Ryukyu Performing Arts Group
11:35-12:05 p.m. - Traditional West African Music and Dance, Sewa Fare
12:10-12:40 p.m. - Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Dennis and David Kamakahi
12:45-1:15 p.m. - Traditional Balkan and Middle Eastern Music, Partners in Time with Sourren Baronian
1:20 - 1:50 p.m. - Belly Dancing