Saturday, SEPTEMBER 24


This is a fun community event, welcoming all people to celebrate mixed heritage.  The family fun includes live music and dance by Zhambai Trio and the Kauhane School of Polynesian Dance, balloon art by author Michael Ouchi, henna creations by Jasmine, facepainting and a photo-booth.

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


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Zhambai trio

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.

Jasmine Cambon is a designer, illustrator and painter from Vancouver, British Columbia. She is currently attending Emily Carr University of Art and Design for communication design and is employed as an apprentice at Brandever


The Kauhane School of Polynesian Dance

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.

Melanie Dawn

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).