February 24, 2020
Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes joined with Polynesian Days to host a Polynesian Cultural Kava Ceremony on Friday. Members of the Hawaiian, Tongan, Samoan, Fijian, Maori (New Zealand), and Tahitian communities and law enforcement joined together to strengthen the bonds between them and celebrate each other’s cultures.
“The goal with this ceremony is to establish relationships and trust between law enforcement and Pacific Islanders,” said Attorney General Reyes. “We all need to rely on each other when we encounter things like human trafficking, violent crimes, and other misfortune in our community. We can start creating these bonds and get to know one another at events like this.”
Attorney General Reyes was also joined by Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi in the Kava Ceremonies. Dances and cultural demonstrations were performed in the Capitol Rotunda by the different Pacific Islander communities. Fijian, Samoan, and Tongan Kava Ceremonies were explained and performed while Elders spoke on unity and being proud to be a Pacific Islander.
Listen to the event below.