MEANING OF IT ALL
ALOHA is used in the Hawaiian culture as a greeting and also describes the affection, peace, compassion, and mercy of people who believe in and share the aloha spirit, regardless their of ethnicities. This event welcomes everyone to participate and become part of our ohana (one big family of relatives and friends) and work together to make this event one that everyone can embrace and help spread to others.
POLY describes Polynesian, and this event also includes Melanesian and Micronesian islands in the South Pacific. We try to feature the islands of Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, Cook Islands, New Zealand, Guam, and Fiji through live entertainment, hands-on arts and crafts, retail and souvenir products, services and information, and more. WE ALWAYS welcome other South Pacific Island groups who want to share their cultures.
FEST is our FREE Entry cultural festival that makes it affordable and fun for everyone to join.
San Francisco native, Charles Hamer (Polynesian Gift Hut owner since 2004), with support from other Vendors, established this one-of-a-kind event in his hometown of San Francisco, California, in 2013 because he wanted to promote the awareness, beauty, and positivity of Pacific Islander people and cultures.
Since then, Uncle Charlie has presented over 50 performing groups since the first event, and is passionately committed into making the event grow as an annual summertime one for everyone to enjoy and learn from.
We welcome and give anyone the opportunity to participate. Any support is truly appreciated!