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National Park Service to host Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Day

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News Release Date: May 13, 2022

Contact: Ana Beatriz Cholo, 805-750-9356

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CONTACT: Ana Beatriz Cholo, 805-750-9356 (cell); 805-370-2385 (office); ana_cholo@nps.gov 

National Park Service to host Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Day 


Event will be held at King Gillette Ranch, Saturday, May 21st, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The public is invited to celebrate Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Day on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. 

The inaugural event will be hosted by National Park Service rangers from Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and the Western National Parks Association (WNPA).  

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old. These cultures have helped shape the history of the United States.  

Activities and presentations will highlight these diverse and fascinating cultures. Throughout the day, there will be Taiko drumming, Hawaiian feather work and lei-making, Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, Japanese music and historical presentations on Chinese abalone fisherman by rangers from neighboring Channel Islands National Park.

A variety of cultural dances will also be performed including ancient and modern hula dancing, Japanese folk dancing and Filipino dancing.

The event and parking are both free. Members of the public can register for this event at https://tinyurl.com/AANHPI-Heritage-Day. For more information, please email samo_interpretation@nps.gov or call the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at 805-370-2301.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park System, it comprises a seamless network of local, state, and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.
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Last updated: May 13, 2022

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