Philippine Flag Raising Ceremony to Kick Off Filipino-American History Month

October 1, 2018, 7:05 AM HST · Updated September 25, 9:49 AM
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Philippine Flag Raising Ceremony to Kick Off Filipino-American History Month. PC: file Alfredo Evangelista

A flag raising ceremony takes place today (Monday, Oct. 1, 2018) at 10 a.m. in front of the County Building at 200 S. High Street in Wailuku to mark the start of Filipino-American History Month.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and the County of Maui together with the Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation will join in the celebration.

In 2008, the Hawaiʻi State Legislature passed Act 15, which established October as Filipino-American History Month to “commemorate the contributions of Filipino-Americans to the history and heritage of Hawaiʻi and the United States.”

“As Mayor of Maui County, it gives me great pleasure to help kick off this month’s festivities, which will include the Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival at Queen Kaʻahumanu Center on Saturday, Oct. 20. It is important to continue to celebrate our diverse cultures that make Maui truly nō ka ʻoi,” said Mayor Arakawa.

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“The Maui Filipino Chamber of Commerce Foundation is appreciative of Mayor Arakawa and the County’s support in celebrating the month of October as Filipino-American History Month,” said Jorge Tirona, president of the Maui Filipino Chamber Foundation. “We look forward to sharing our Filipino culture with all of Maui County.”

After the brief formal program, food samples will be provided by the restaurants who will be at the Maui Fil-Am Heritage Festival including: CAA Market Place, Paradise Supermart Fastfood & Catering, R.M. Mini Mart and Vidad’s Local Kine Grindz.

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