PHOTOS: 2017 Barrio Fiesta

The UH Hilo community celebrated the richness of Filipino heritage, culture and scholarship.

Photos by Bob Douglas.

Traditional dance

As part of Filipino American Heritage Month, this year’s Barrio Fiesta at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo served as the opening ceremonies of the first International Conference on Multidisciplinary Filipino Studies as the campus welcomed researchers from around the world to share and exchange ideas, research and interest of the Filipinos and the Philippines.

Conference attendees were welcomed at the fiesta on Oct. 27 with a traditional Hawaiian ceremony, followed by welcome remarks from UH Hilo Interim Chancellor Marcia Sakai and others and then cultural dances of the Philippines and modern dance performed by UH Hilo students of the Filipino Studies Program, the Bayanihan Club, and the Hilo Visayan Club.

Also highlighted was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the sisterhood of Cabugao City, Philippines and Hawai‘i Island.

Photos by Bob Douglas for UH Hilo Stories, click to enlarge.

Opening ceremonies
Solo Hawaiian dancer welcomes group
Traditional Hawaiian welcoming ceremonies started the event.
Celebrating Barrio Fiesta with traditional and modern dance

Woman dancing with floral hoop



About the photographer: Bob Douglas is a local artist, photographer, and sometimes part-time student who volunteers his photography skills to the Office of the Chancellor and UH Hilo Stories. 

-UH Hilo Stories