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Third annual Sacramento Aloha Festival

The third annual Sacramento Aloha Festival was held at Cal Expo on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Admission to this family-friendly event was free and was well-attended. A sunny day encouraged guests to come experience Hawaiian and Pacific Islander food, merchandise and entertainment.

Third annual Sacramento Aloha Festival
Third annual Sacramento Aloha Festival
Third annual Sacramento Aloha Festival

A cultural village was housed inside one of the larger buildings at Cal Expo. The cultural village was kid-oriented and included many arts and crafts, as well as educational games.

Third annual Sacramento Aloha Festival
Third annual Sacramento Aloha Festival

The Senior Gleaners, a nonprofit organization, collected donations of nonperishable food items in front of Cal Expo.

Three stages provided entertainment from dozens of acts. The atmosphere around Cal Expo was quite jovial, and dozens of food trucks and stations provided delicacies throughout the day. At certain times, lines for the food court were quite long.

Third annual Sacramento Aloha Festival
Third annual Sacramento Aloha Festival
Third annual Sacramento Aloha Festival

Vendors and community-service stations provided cultural merchandise and information. The vendor area seemed like an outdoor market you’d find in Hawaii and other Pacific Islands. Volunteers contributed throughout the event and were very helpful.

Based on the massive amount of people I saw at the event and the popularity of food, goods and entertainment, I’m sure this event will be as popular next year.
 

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