Utah’s Pacific Island Heritage Month is a platform for Pacific Island community organizations to showcase their heritage and culture educating across communities of the similarities and differences between Pacific Island cultures, instilling positive pride and self-identity and to debunk the stereotypes of Pacific Islanders to the broader Utah community. Pacific Island Heritage Month is each August, beginning in 2013 and declared by Utah’s Governor Herbert on behalf of the 35,000 Pacific Islanders that live in the state of Utah.
The 2015 events have doubled from 2014 and offers free family events from North Salt Lake to St George. Festivals, free film screenings including Tongan filmmaker Tony Vainuku’s award-winning film In Football We Trust as well as a career & job fair, art exhibit and a community dance & potluck celebrating Jacob Fitisemanu’s appointment to President Obama’s Asian American Pacific Islander White House Commission.
A selection of PIC-funded programs will be screening for free throughout the month:
For more information, visit the Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month Facebook page.