Wednesday, July 4, 2018

PARADISE OF SAMOA WINS MAYOR'S AWARD FOR FLOAT IN KEIZER IRIS PARADE !

MALO LAVA TO PARADISE OF SAMOA AND ITS CONSTRUCTION AND DECORATION TEAM FOR WINNING THE
 MAYOR'S FIRST PRIZE  AWARD FOR THE FLOAT AT THE 
2018 IRIS FESTIVAL PARADE !!!


I think we will see this one in the future !

A WONDERFUL WORLD BEAT !!!!

What a wonderful Wonderful 21st Annual World Beat this year, with two exciting fire shows , a dynamite full capacity crowd performance in the Pacific/Asian Village....even our "fale" made a great gathering place  !!!!!

All the SMI Staff, Volunteers, Vendors, and participants contributed to a feeling of community for two and one half days....a great vibe at the Riverfront Park.

Paradise of Samoa wants to thank Gretchen Coppedge for the material to make the "cuties" skirts:


And, thanks to Henrietta for her donation of material and feathers for use in a soon to be made costume !!!

Monday, April 30, 2018

PARADISE OF SAMOA TO OPEN ALOHA FARMERS MARKET




Serving Aloha, Reedville, Cooper Mountain and Beyond!
Paradise of Samoa Dance Troupe
Paradise of Samoa Performs Market Opening Day 
Thursday May 3rd 2018 3-7pm

The market is back for its third year, running every Thursday from 3-7 pm May through September -- and we start in TWO WEEKSon May 3rd!!

We are in our brand NEW LOCATION in front of the Bales Market Place Center at SW Kinnaman and SW Farmington Roads in Aloha.

Cooking Demonstration at 4:30-5...Dance at 6:00 !

Opening Day will include Paradise of Samoa Dance Troupe performing Polynesian dance and hosting a cooking demonstration from 4:30-6:30 pm -- brought to us by a grant from the Washington County Cultural Coalition!

Portland Metro Records will return to provide entertainment at our Main Stage, too -- presented this year by Karen Bolin and Edward Jones. For a list of 2018 market performances and fun events we have planned so far for this season, visit the Market Events page of our website

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We can't wait to see you at the market in less than two weeks!! Thanks for being a part of our growing market community,

Kody Harris, Market Manager & the ACFM Board

P.S. We need your help to make our market great! Are you interested in volunteering at the market one day this summer? Shifts are only a few hours long and it's a fun way to connect with everyone in our community. Click here to sign up!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Thank You to the Estate of Captain Henry R. Razmus, U.S. Marine Corps !!!!

The family of  Henry R. Razmus, Captain, United States Marine Corps. contacted Paradise of Samoa and shared that Captain Razmus, a long time Salem businessman, had served with honor in Samoa  and Micronesia during WWII.  During those years in the 1940's Captain Razmus had been ceremonially gifted three Samoan tapa cloths (circa 1900-1940)  and kiki (ceremonial skirts). He passed away in 2007.

 These were gifted to the Paradise of Samoa in order that the public has an opportunity to view them.  The tapa and skirts have huge historical significance and are rarely available to be seen now except at the Smithsonian and Bishop Museums. 




Paradise of Samoa is honored to ensure that the people of Oregon will be able to view these beautiful cultural items at the World Beat Samoan Cultural Booth June 30, and we thank the Robinson family for their support of Polynesian Culture on behalf of Captain Henry R. Razmus.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Thank you to Della Shane of Renton, Washington for her contribution to Paradise of Samoa of $100 !

Monday, February 19, 2018

PARADISE OF SAMOA ANNOUNCES EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR THEIR DANCERS GRADUATING IN 2018 !!!

The Board of Directors of Paradise of Samoa is making a $500. scholarship available to a chosen Paradise of Samoa dancer who is graduating in 2018 and is accepted at a college, university, or accredited technical school.  The dancer must be in good standing with the troupe, have a B average, and must submit an essay answering the question :

"What is culture, and how has culture made an impact on my life ?"

For full application guidelines, see the Paradise of Samoa Dance Troupe Facebook page.

Friday, February 16, 2018

MAHALO AND FA'AFETAI TO OUR GRANTORS AND SPONSORS, 2018

Thank you to our Grantors and Partners in supporting our efforts to bring awareness of  Polynesian Culture, Dance, and Music to Oregon for the 2017 season, and again in 2018 for operations costs !!!! 

Mahalo and Fa'afetai Tele Lava !!!



The Oregon Community Foundation Small Culture Grants Program (2017 and 2018)



The Spirit Mountain Community Fund  2017 Small Grants Program

The The Oregon Arts Commission FY2018 Small Operating Grant



The Marion County Cultural Development Corporation for their operations grant in development of our presentation on the Pacific Islands Cultures as a learning tool for Oregon and Marion County !!!


These organizations  help to make Oregon a rich and  culturally diverse place to live and visit, and theirgrants are essential in our operational costs for Paradise of Samoa to bring Polynesian Dance, Culture, and Music to the community.

We also wish to thank our partners , including Hood's Martial Arts Academy , who provide a wonderfully updated facility to practice during the wet Oregon pre season months !



for their wonderful help to us for rehearsal at their fabulous Salem facility,

the Salem Multiculture Institute and World Beat  for their never ending support,

the Asian Pacific American Network , APANO,


 for their work in social justice for all Pacific Islanders !

And thanks to F.E. "Mac" Michalski and Kathleen Michalski for their donation of the huge shell lei collection !!!!