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Tafesilafai Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Dance, International, International Relief

Mission: OUR EXEMPT PURPOSE IS TO "PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL, CHARITABLE, AND SOCIAL SERVICES TO SAMOANS AND TO PROMOTE AND MAINTAIN THE SAMOAN CUSTOM AND TRADITIONS".

Target demographics: create a "face-to-face" dialogue with our community all the while encouraging Theology in our discussions.

Geographic areas served: Long Beach, CA

Programs: Language Preservation, Arts and culture through song and dance as well as creating and developing Leaders within our communities. Each Year we celebrate a theme to encourage peace and the common thread that binds us together; Faith and God.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lisa277

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Tafesilafa'i this year was awesome ... thank you! You continue to keep us all in view of the different cultures; their traditions, clothing and crafts, combined within our community. Keep up the great work and looking forward to next year :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization. Was a vendor for Tafesilafa'i Festival this year, and it was an incredibly positive experience for the performers, attendees, and vendors.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Participated as a Community Information vendor at the 2013 Tafesiilafa'i Festival. It was a wonderful experience, this non-profit is dedicated to serving the community, and it was great participating in a well-organized, fun, entertaining, and enjoyable event.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TAFESILAFA'I is a festival that my family and I have been attending for many years. It always has great vendors and great entertainment, is in a great location and is fun for the whole family! We look forward to Tafesilafa'i every year and this year's fire knife and Tago i le Pasefika performances were a must see! As a volunteer, I was able to get my community service hours, watch the show, and meet a lot of great people. The volunteer community is really organized, kind, and considerate. They always had refreshments and drinks so we weren't too hot in the sun! Tafesilafa'i is a great cultural experience!

1 Shok Krystie L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was our first year participating as vendors at Tafesilafai. We had such a wonderful experience ! This was a well put together Polynesian Festival that bought out all walks of life. It was such a great atmosphere and location. The entire organization was so kind and helpful. We can't wait to come back next year!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Tafesilafa'i is the only one of its kind: an organization that looks at issues in the Pacific Islander community through faith lenses. Tafesilafa'i embodies the value of relationships in keeping a community together. The festival is a public celebration of diversity in the PI community and an opportunity to contribute to the greater diversity of the city of Long Beach. Looking forward to the next chapter.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been to various Pacific Islander festivals over the years and Tafesilafa'i Inc. is different from all others for its focus is bringing the community youths together to engage and share its culture, language and customs through songs and dances of the Pacific Islands. The City of Long Beach is fortunate to have a faith based non-profit orgnization which hosts an annual festival to promote Pacific Islander's as peaceful loving people and is a great asset to Long Beach communities. This year's festival theme was "Talita Kumi" or "Heal the Wolrd". It's Leader's Dinner Keynote Speaker was Ms. Merrill Crump who is a transgendered woman who beat HIV. It's unheard of for any faith based organization to provide a platform to discuss such issues in the public forum. So Tafesilafai, Inc. should be greatly commended for its courage and support coupled with its sincere goal to promote healing within its communities. I highly recommend this Tafesilafai Pacific Islander Festival to anyone who is interested in learnin about the Samoan and Pacific Islander people. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We had the opportunity to volunteer with Tafesilafa'i "Talita Kumi: Heal the world." This is an organization that cares so much for their community. They are a big family with different histories. They are so nice and would help others all the time.

1 Mafutaga T.

Board Member

Rating: 4

Tafesilafai 2013 was the best ever! This is an organization that's been serving the community for 14 years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to volunteer with Tafesilafa'i 2013. The theme was "Talita Kumi: Heal the world", it was most fitting as this was a period of healing for me. I was blessed to be with an organization that cares so much for their community. I was extremely blessed to have been a witness to all the relationships that were created at this Festival. It truly is a Festival where we see God working in each and everyone that participated. My life truly became worthy again through the dialogue that was encouraged by the pastors and their commitment to encourage theology into our lives. The beauty of this festival is seeing the different parts all come together to provide a wonderful atmosphere for families to be at peace and enjoy the beauty of our islanders and friends. This organization continues to give from their heart and truly shares their culture through song, dance and personal testimony. The vendors are great and have a great time too. We enjoy our sense of family with everyone. Be a part of this organization and see where your calling can make a difference. It definitely had an impact on my life.