Experience the islands of the South Pacific in Eastern North Carolina

If you’re looking for a taste of the tropics this weekend, head out to the North Carolina Polynesian Festival in Jacksonville.

The free event kicked off today with some Polynesian dancing and signature Polynesian food.

Chairman Tavita Saelua said he hopes by attending, people will learn the history of his culture.

He said with the military influence in the county you get to see cultures of all kinds.

“Dancing, or through stories, or through art. We want to continue passing that knowledge to our youngsters because we’re so far away from home. We want to pass our history on to family members so they can continue passing on to their family members,” said Saelua.

Approximately 4000 people attended the festival last year .

If you missed out today, you can go out all day tomorrow.

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