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3 ways to observe Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Cleveland

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, an annual observance honoring the impact individuals of Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi and Asian American heritage have had on American society. 

Here in Cleveland, members of the Case Western Reserve University community can learn more about the diverse culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands this month—and year round—by taking advantage of the various programming and events our city offers, including the Cleveland Asian Festival May 20–21.

Are you looking for other ways to experience Asian and Pacific Islander culture in the city but aren’t sure how? The Daily has you covered with three options.

Take a Polynesian dance class

Learn traditional Hawaiian hula, Tahitian and other Polynesian dance techniques by attending a weekly class hosted by Pacific Paradise Entertainment & Halau Ka Pua Mae’ole Kuikanani. Held on Tuesdays and Fridays, these classes are open to adults and children ages 5 and up. 

Find out how to get started. 

Tour Cleveland’s AsianTown

From authentic cuisine and late-night karaoke to vibrant art, experience the unique offerings of Cleveland’s AsianTown. Or, treat yourself to a shopping spree at one of many retail and grocery stores located in Asia Plaza and Asian Town Center

Explore the neighborhood.

Attend a Hawaiian cultural performance

This Saturday (May 6), visit the Cleveland Public Library as it hosts “Hawaiian in Ohio: A Celebration of Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and Asian American Heritage Month,” a performance of art, music and poetry featuring Hawaii-native Joe Balaz. 

Get more details about the event.