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Taste of the Islands

The Cannery will display a little Hawaiian hospitality during the Islands of the Pacific Cultural Festival Friday through Sunday at the North Las Vegas casino at 2121 E. Craig Road.

The three-day festival will highlight the food, culture, clothing and entertainment of Guam, Hawaii, the Cook Islands, Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand, bringing a cultural experience not usually seen in Las Vegas, says Bryan Cory, the Cannery’s director of special events.

Between 5,000 and 8,000 people are expected at this biannual event, he adds.

The festival kicks off with an island-style reggae concert at 6 p.m. Friday, featuring a variety of performers including Natural Vibrations, aka Da Vibes and the local group Bonafide. Advance tickets are $28; $33 the day of the show.

General admission to the indoor-outdoor festival is $5; $3 for children younger than 10, seniors and military. Saturday, the festival starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Sunday, the festival opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.

Attendees can enjoy hula dancing and traditional Hawaiian music inside at the Club. Some of the outdoor activities include Polynesian drumming, wood carving and tautau, the traditional Pacific island method of tattooing. Grass skirts and flower leis will be plentiful, Cory says.

About 40 vendors will sell traditional arts and crafts, clothing and food. The price of admission doesn’t include the cost of food, Cory notes.

More than 15 ethnic food booths will sell traditional Asian and Polynesian foods, including beef teriyaki, Spam dishes and Hawaiian shaved ice.

For more information, call 507-5700.

Contact reporter Sonya Padgett at spadgett@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-4564.

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