Be transported to Asia and the Pacific Islands with HAPI Fest NJ 2019, a celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This is a free, all-day event for the entire family
HAPI Fest NJ is at its heart about honoring the long, rich cultural traditions of Asia and the Pacific Islands and providing an opportunity for all to enjoy and celebrate together as friends and neighbors.
Experience the ritual and beauty of the Hawaiian tradition of hula dancing. In ancient Hawaii, a time when a written language did not exist, hula and its chants played an important role in keeping history, genealogy, mythology and culture alive. With each movement – a hand gesture, step of foot, swaying of hips – a story would unfold.
Local musician, John Brophy of In Tune, will share his love of the ukulele. The ukulele is a member of the guitar family of instruments. It generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. Some strings may be paired in courses, giving the instrument a total of six or eight strings.
Do you know that shadow theatre is the most ancient moving-picture medium know to humans? Come and watch the Chinese Theatre Works shadow theatre and learn about this beautiful art form from in self expression to language, teamwork, and creativity.
Revel in stirring music of the New Jersey-based University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla (UPAFR). This delightful plucked string ensemble will play traditional pieces celebrating the musical dynamism of the Philippine islands.
Rondalla is an ensemble of stringed instruments with origins coming from the folk traditions of Spain, which were brought to the Philippines and incorporated into the culture.
Martial arts, particularly Karate offers today's children many life lessons, disciplines, and skills that your child will carry with them throughout their lives. Maplewood Karate under the supervision of Hanshi Louis Toledo, a 10th degree black belter, will demonstrate with the Karate kids a series of moves including Kata, which is often described as a set sequence of karate moves organized into a pre-arranged fight against imaginary opponents.
The Integrated Martial Arts & Fitness (IMAF) from Livingston will be sharing a martial arts demo including:
Doce Pares, a form of Arnis, Kali and Eskrima, or a Filipino martial art focusing on stick fighting, knife fighting and hand-to-hand combat.
Jeet Kune Do is a hybrid philosophy of martial arts heavily influenced by the personal philosophy and experiences of Bruce Lee.
Jiu-jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on grappling, with an emphasis on ground fighting.
A handheld fan is a welcome and essential object used throughout Asia. Customize your own fan for the upcoming summer!
Sponsored by Children's Academy Montessori
HAPI Fest NJ will have tropical glitter temporary tattoos just in time for the summer. These flashy designs include sea shells, hibiscus flowers, sea life and animals, nautical designs. Face painting has been used throughout history for cultural rituals. Today it's for fun! Transform your child into a animal or fantasy creature!
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Translate your name in Chinese. Write your name in Chinese characters with calligraphy.
Sponsored by Springfield Genius Academy
Kokeshi are wooden dolls made popular during the Edo period in Japan when they were sold as souvenirs at a hot spring. Make your own souvenir of HapiFestNJ!
Use this ancient method of printing to make your own poster with the iconic image of a Philippine Jeepney. The jeepney is a popular form of transportation originally made from the U.S. jeeps left over from World War II. Each vehicle is colorful and unique.
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