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Mission Statement

Our mission ... is to develop and perpetuate through education, the histories, cultures, traditional and contemporary folk arts of the Pacific Islanders, mainly through our annual Aloha Festival.

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PICA ...is governed by a 10 member Board of Directors. These Directors were appointed by the past elected President, and are representative of the communities in San Francisco County, Marin County, Monterey County, Alameda County and Santa Clara County. Board Members serve for 2 years and are eligible for renomination at the end of their terms.

Our mission ... is to develop and perpetuate through education, the histories, cultures, traditional and contemporary folk arts of the Pacific Islanders, mainly through our annual Aloha Festival.

We are the children of the Pacific islands ...by blood line, by birth, marriage, cultural heritage, choice, or simply by association -- but most certainly by the conviction in our hearts, minds and spirit. We are from Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia -- Fiji, Guam, Hawai`i, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of Palau, American and Western Samoa, and Tonga. We are all equally as proud of our shared Pacific roots as we are of the rich heritage that makes each one of our cultures so unique and gives us that special identity.

We love to share ...and keep alive our traditions in music and dance, language, boatmanship, delicious foods, domestic crafts, and all the aspects of our rich cultures. ...the incidents of our recorded history, the colorful and ancient stories and the teachings of our elders.

With your help ...we will maintain our cultural identity by continuing together to keep alive and strong the nurturing bonds of our heritage for our children.

It's true! Most Pacific islands are precious sun-drenched emeralds in the boundless expanse of the ocean, where life can be paradise on earth. The timeless beauty of our islands alone, however, do not make it so. What makes the crowning difference are the ways and the spirit of the people, our people, to whom these islands will always be home.

To live and work here ...many of our family members have come to the US mainland, and especially here to northern California, for several generations now. While also contributing to it, we have become a part of the fabric of the west coast way of life. We feel the danger of being absorbed, of losing the roots and continuity of our original cultural identity. So that we may contribute some of the spirit of paradise to the lifestyle of our new homeland -- and we certainly desire to do that -- we want to support and promote ways that will provide us with the opportunity to learn, to refresh and continue to grow in our cultural heritage.

Together ...let us enrich each others' lives through understanding and enjoying the traditional ways of our homelands.

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http://www.pica-org.org/

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