49th Annual Hawaiian May Day Festival in Downtown Hayward

The annual Downtown Hayward Hawaiian Festival returns to celebrate Hawaiian culture and traditions through music and dance, arts and crafts, local-style Hawaiian cuisine and more. Presented by the Kuma Hula Association of Northern California, the festival is free

The streets of downtown Hayward, between B Street and Main Street, will be filled with the flavors and smells of the Hawaiian Islands with food trucks serving favorites such as Lau Lau, Poke, haupia pie, Loco Moco, Spam and Eggs , Chili and Rice, Garlic Shrimp and Rice and Shaved Ice, plus a variety of ethnic foods including Filipino, Samoan, Fijian, Guamanian, Mexican Taco Truck and a beer and wine garden serving beers from The Bird Haus at Union City and wine from Ehrenberg Cellars.

Participants will enjoy activities such as a Lauhala weaving and bamboo carving workshop. Additional activities include a kids’ zone with inflatables and a roller skating rink with $5 tickets that can be purchased in person. Island sounds will fill the streets with two live entertainment stages featuring local halau (Hawaiian music and hula schools) performances, as well as well-known Bay Area and Hawaiian musicians including Tenelle, Reno Anoa’i, as well as Thrive reggae bands and native elements.

Courtesy of Kumu Hula Association of Northern California

David H. Henry