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COCC Holds Asian/Pacific Islander Festival


Japan, China, Hawaii and Thailand were all represented at the annual Asian and Pacific Islander Festval.

Various types of dances, including the traditional Hawaiian dance, were performed by young and old alike, with many members in the audience learning as well.

Organizers say the purpose of the festival is to educate and get the community involved in learning more about the different cultures and people in our area.

The event also brings back memories for those who have lived in Hawaii.

“Some of the people have lived in Hawaii for many years,” said Shirley Metcalf, an event organizer. “Like I’ve lived in Hawaii for 50 years before moving to Washington and now Central Oregon. I think it brings out nice memories for us.”

Along with music and dancing, there was also food from the Pacific Rim, including Japanese food from Sumi’s, Chinese cuisine from Panda Express, Hawaiian items from Kona Mixed Plate and Thai food from Angel Thai.

Mountain View and Summit High School students also were on hand, helping to raise funds for orphans from last year’s devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

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