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Family Day

  • Granville Island Picnic Pavilion (map)


Family Day is a Hapa-palooza Festival Favourite year after year!

A free community event, welcoming all people to celebrate mixed heritage.  This year’s family-friendly fun includes live music and dance by Zhambai Trio and the Kauhane School of Polynesian Dance, balloon art by author Michael Ouchi, face painting by Melanie Dawn, henna creations by Jasmine Cambon, and the ever-popular ImageCube photo-booth.


Zhambai Trio plays traditional and original music from Zimbabwe and features ancient instruments such as the  mbira (“thumb piano”), hosho (maracas), and ngoma (hand drums) as well as the more contemporary Zimbabwean marimba. The haunting yet uplifting sound of the mbira rhythms and interlocking melodies combined with the lilting quality of the vocal harmonies are at once stimulating and relaxing.  The sound is reminiscent of water dropping, spirits talking, ancestors singing and blood pumping. Listen with open ears and you'll find time becomes elastic as you get lost in this magical music.  As a trio, these multi-faceted musicians bring a message of joy and healing to themselves and the listener.

Zhambai Trio


Since its inception in 1999, Halau Hula Ka'Uhane O Ka Pakipika has grown to nearly 150 haumana (students), ranging in age from 2.5 years to 70+, and is the largest Polynesian dance school in Canada. The school is the proud recipient of the Top Polynesian Group award from the Pacific West Performing Arts Festival for many years. The school performs regularly throughout the year at private and commercial venues and travels and learns throughout Canada and the US, including Hawaii.

Kauhane School of Polynesion Dance

Balloon Artist – Michael Ouchi

Michael Ouchi is a published author of children's books and young adult books. Some of the published credits of Michael Ouchi include Extreme Balloon Tying: More Than 40 Over-the-Top Projects, The Ultimate Balloon Book & Kit.

Michael Ouchi with the balloon crown showing off his skills at Hapa Family Day.

Michael Ouchi with the balloon crown showing off his skills at Hapa Family Day.

Face Painter - Melanie Dawn

Some of Melanie's vibrant creations.

Some of Melanie's vibrant creations.

Melanie Dawn is a professional makeup artist specializing in body art and fantasy makeup for public, private and corporate events. A fine arts graduate, Melanie's work stands out from the crowd and has become uniquely recognizable throughout Metro Vancouver. Melanie's extensive client list includes Electronic Arts, ToysRUs, Cirque Du Soleil, IKEA and LIT Cosmetics, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Face and Body Artists and the Vancouver chapter of the Canadian Body Paint League. Melanie counts Irish, Burmese and Welsh in her heritage. (website).

Earlier Event: September 23
Hip Hapa Hooray Awards Gala
Later Event: September 25
Hapa-palooza @ ArtStarts