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Team Pete celebrates Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – (from left) Fritvie Shinohara, a military spouse, Staff Sgt. Casey Saoit, 129th Medical Group, and Staff Sgt. Stephanie Kau, 21st Operations Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of crew force management, perform the Tiare dance in Captain Lyon Memorial park at Peterson Air Force Base on May 23, 2016. The Tiare dance is also referred to as the island flower of Tahiti and the placement of the flower in the hair tells which dancers are married or single. (U.S. Air Force photo by Philip Carter)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – (from left) Fritvie Shinohara, a military spouse, Staff Sgt. Casey Saoit, 129th Medical Group, and Staff Sgt. Stephanie Kau, 21st Operations Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of crew force management, perform the Tiare dance in Captain Lyon Memorial park at Peterson Air Force Base on May 23, 2016. The Tiare dance is also referred to as the island flower of Tahiti and the placement of the flower in the hair tells which dancers are married or single. (U.S. Air Force photo by Philip Carter)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Col. Doug Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Idalia Peele, 21st Space Wing command chief master sergeant, learn how to dance the E Huli Makou dance in Captain Lyon Memorial park at Peterson Air Force Base on May 23, 2016. The E Huli Makou dance is a traditional Hawaiian dance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Philip Carter)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Col. Doug Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Idalia Peele, 21st Space Wing command chief master sergeant, learn how to dance the E Huli Makou dance in Captain Lyon Memorial park at Peterson Air Force Base on May 23, 2016. The E Huli Makou dance is a traditional Hawaiian dance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Philip Carter)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Staff Sgt. Stephanie Kau, 21st Operations Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of crew force management, performs the Kananaka dance at Captain Lyon Memorial park at Peterson Air Force Base on May 23, 2016. The Kananaka dance is also referred to as the mermaid dance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Philip Carter)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Staff Sgt. Stephanie Kau, 21st Operations Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of crew force management, performs the Kananaka dance at Captain Lyon Memorial park at Peterson Air Force Base on May 23, 2016. The Kananaka dance is also referred to as the mermaid dance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Philip Carter)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Airmen and their families from around Peterson Air Force Base, gathered at Captain Lyon Memorial Park May 23 to celebrate Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

The 21st Operations Group put on this event showcasing the diverse cultures of the Asian-American Pacific Islanders and their impact on the United States and Peterson.

The day’s festivities started off with a performance and dance lesson by Magic of the Pacific Islands Polynesian Dancers. They taught the E Huli Makou dance, to Col. Doug Schiess, 21st Space Wing commander and Chief Master Sgt. Idalia Peele, 21st Space Wing command chief master sergeant, as part of the event.

They then paused to allow everyone to partake in the Asian and Pacific Island unique cuisine. The menu consisted of dishes from the Philippines, including pancit, a rice noodle dish; lumpia, a style of egg rolls; adobo, a sweet pork stew; white rice; and Korean short ribs.

After lunch, the entertainment continued with a series of Hawaiian dances from local dancers. First was the Kananaka by Staff Sgt. Stephanie Kau, 21st Operations Support Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of crew force management, second the Aloha la Waianae by Staff Sgt. Casey Saoit, 129th Medical Group, third was the Ta’aroa by Vanessa Pacheco, Myalei Faleau and Maleina Phillips, local children, and finally the Tiare, by Kau, Saoit and Fritvie Shinohara, a military spouse.

The purpose of the event was to celebrate the sacrifices and contribution of the Asian-American Pacific Islanders, said Tech. Sgt. Jose Sison, 21st OG noncommissioned officer in charge of the space control evaluation branch and the event organizer.

The Asian-American Pacific Islanders community consists of people from all around Asia and the Pacific Islands, including Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

This event gave the community at Peterson a little taste of culture from the Asian-American Pacific Islander people.

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