Only in Vegas: Pure Aloha Festival at the Rio

Las Vegas may be situated smack dab in the middle of the desert but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a little island fun during your stay here. And this weekend you can enjoy the bright lights of the city while also escaping to the tropical island of Hawaii during the Pure Aloha Festival at the Rio.

Beginning April 17 the Rio Las Vegas is saying “aloha!” all weekend long as the Pure Aloha Festival, presented by Vizzun Entertainment dances its way into the city. The biannual event features more than 100 island craft & merchandise booths, authentic food vendors, evening concerts and a large carnival with midway rides. And like everything Las Vegas puts on, this Aloha Festival is chalk full of food and entertainment you just can’t find anywhere else, except for Hawaii of course! 

As far as entertainment goes, guests can watch the Hula dance as dance groups from across the country perform the popular Hawaii dance. The 45-minute performance features as many as 170 hula dancers, aged 3 to 80.

There will also be plenty of concerts available for an additional fee. On Saturday, the festival will hold the biggest Spring Break concert featuring island music in Las Vegas, as the hottest musicians come together and celebrate the spirit of Hawaii. Headlining the show is Na Hoku Hanohano, multi-award-winner Fuji, along with Spawnbreezie, Bonafide and New Zealand’s House of Shem. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the concert starts at 5 p.m.

Here is Pure Aloha’s Performance Schedule

4:00 p.m.         Doors Open
5:00 p.m.         Tribal Theory
5:45 p.m.         Bo Napoleon
6:30 p.m.         Aaradhna
7:15 p.m.         Jimmy Weeks Project
7:55 p.m.         Siaosi, Kiwini Vaitai, Jah Maoli, Tenelle & Jay Keyz
9:15 p.m.         House of Shem
10:15 p.m.       Bonafide
10:45 p.m.       Fiji & Spawnbreezie

On Sunday, children ages 3 - 12 can take part in an Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt is free and includes photos with the Easter Bunny and over $500 in prizes!

If you’re more interested in the Hawaiian food at this year’s Pure Aloha Festival you certainly won’t be in want of good food as 25 vendors will be cooking up dishes from the many nationalities represented in Hawaii, including Samoan, Korean, Japanese, Tongan, Filipino and more. And it’s not a Hawaiian festival without some of the traditional Hawaiian fare including white rice, macaroni salad and lots of barbecue.

The festival has been a tradition for years in Las Vegas. This weekend’s festivities mark the 13th annual fall event. It started at The Cannery, moved to the Silverton and has spent the past few years at its new home at the Rio.

Pure Aloha Festival Event Dates & Hours

Thursday, April 17 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday, April 18 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Saturday, April 19 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Sunday, April 20 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Las Vegas, NV 04/17/14

By: Jena Pugh