Salt Lake City, UT — July 16, 2022 – Join us in celebrating Utah’s vibrant Pacific Islander culture with Pasifika Enriching Arts of Utah on Saturday August 13 of the 14th Annual Craft Lake City® DIY Festival® Presented By Harmons! Utah is known for our large population of Pacific Islanders, representing over a dozen Pacific Islander communities in our state alone. To celebrate Pacific Island Heritage Month in August, Craft Lake City is excited to continue our partnership with Pasifika Enriching Arts of Utah (PEAU, a PIK2AR program) to spotlight food vendors, local artisans, and a performer from the Pacific Islander community again at this year’s DIY Fest.
“Utah is unique in that we have a large population of Pacific Islanders that reside within our state,” says PEAU Executive Director, Kalani Tukuafu. “We’re proud to be able to collaborate with Craft Lake City for the second year in a row to celebrate Pacific Island Heritage Month and highlight some of Utah’s talented artisans from our vibrant Pacific Islander community.”
About the Featured DIY Fest Pacific Islander Artisans
Kalani Tonga Designs: Kalani is a hafekasi (biracial Tongan/Swedish) artist and published author. Her artwork is an extension of her “hafekasi weirdness,” in that she takes traditional Polynesian patterns and employs them in unusual ways with non-traditional color palettes.
Tane Designs: Tongan artist Sonatane Falevai creates intricate bone carvings & woodworking pieces with a focus on Polynesian cultural motifs. Tane’s sculptural works are exquisitely precise, and they make beautiful gifts!
Naanz NikNaks: Keilana’s creations began with painted pots filled with colorful flowers and vibrant images of Oceania head pieces. She is expanding to other creative avenues including jewelry and hand painted hats.
About the Featured DIY Fest Pacific Islander Kid Artisans
Cat Poop Jewelry: Kamila, Kalea, and Sofia Tukuafu are sisters who create custom jewelry. They like to make things and are trying to earn money to get braces on their teeth!
Sandy’s Ice Cream Sammies: Sandy’s Ice Cream Sammies is a Youth, Woman-owned business that serves delicious, gourmet, custom hand made ice cream sandwiches or “Sammies.” Sandy enjoys serving her delicious Sammies to her customers and is proud to have her best friend and cousin as business partners.
Sew Amazing: Joshua is a youth entrepreneur who enjoys the fruits of his labors. His most recent endeavor is Sew Amazing – Hand-sewn hand warmers and bean bags. He is excited to have an opportunity to share his creations with Salt Lake City.
About the Featured DIY Fest Pacific Islander Food Vendors
The Mockery Drinks: Grab a refreshing hand-crafted, hand-bottled, non-alcoholic Pacific Islander drink made from different island flavors!
Premier Catering: Premier Catering is a full-service catering company and social enterprise of Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources (PIK2AR) with a Cafe and commissary as well as a Restaurant Incubator Program that assists entrepreneurs in getting started in the Food Service Industry. They serve a variety of hearty meals with a focus on socially responsible food options and practices.
About the Featured DIY Fest Pacific Islander Performing Artists
Halau Ku Pono I Kamalani: This talented performer group perpetuates Hawaiian culture by sharing knowledge of hula, oli, and protocol. DIY Fest attendees can enjoy their performance on the SLUG MAG Main Stage from 1:30 PM – 2 PM on Saturday, August 13.
Join us in celebrating local makers from the Pacific Islander community at this year’s DIY Fest on Saturday August 13 at the Utah State Fairpark! Click the button below for more info and to purchase tickets.
About Pasifika Enriching Arts of Utah:
Pasifika Enriching Arts of Utah or PEAU (Peh-Ow) is a springboard for Pacific Islander Artists of all mediums. PEAU unites Traditional and Modern forms of Art while serving as a bridge to other Art Communities & Organizations within the local community.
PEAU believes in communal art and creating possibilities for collective creativity across all identities. PEAU is dedicated to helping Artists achieve goals by providing opportunities for development, exhibition, and sustainability. PEAU’s leadership is comprised entirely of Pasifika Artists who are committed to facilitating safe spaces for other Pasifika Artists to connect with peers and organizations that will aid them on their individual journeys to perfecting and showcasing their craft.
About Craft Lake City:
Founded in 2009 by Angela H. Brown, Executive Editor of SLUG (Salt Lake UnderGround) Magazine, Craft Lake City® is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission to educate, promote and inspire local artisans while elevating the creative culture of the Utah arts community through science, technology and art. Craft Lake City strives to further define the term “Craft,” by modernizing the definition for handmade creativity.
Craft Lake City’s year-round programming is supported in part by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program, the Salt Lake Arts Council, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, and Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The 14th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented by Harmons is Utah’s largest local-centric art, music, science and technology festival. The DIY Fest features hundreds of local artisans, vintage vendors, foodies, youth entrepreneurs, performers, & STEM exhibitors over three days the second weekend of August. The 14th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented by Harmons features the Google Fiber STEM Building, the Mark Miller Subaru Leave Your Mark Park Kids’ Area, the 90.9FM KRCL Stage, the SLUG Mag Stage, the Offside Print & Apparel Volunteer Lounge, Kid Row sponsored by Utah Afterschool Network and the First Aid Tent sponsored by Joyce School of Nursing & Health Sciences. Additional support is provided in part by the residents of Salt Lake County through the Zoo, Arts & Parks (ZAP) Program, the Salt Lake Arts Council, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, the Stephen G. & Susan E. Denkers Family Foundation, the Lawrence T. & Janet T. Dee Foundation, the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, the McCarthey Family Foundation, the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, PBS Utah, 24tix.com, XMission, the STEM Action Center of Utah, Silicon Slopes, and Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts.